Architecture for Islamic Societies Today by James Steele

By James Steele

Because the Aga Khan Award for structure was once started in 1977 it's been within the vanguard of recognising the entire impression of social and environmental upheaval at the equipped atmosphere in 3rd global international locations. during this quantity the jurys choice for the fourth cycle of the awards is gifted. the chosen tasks, which take care of matters pertinent to either the constructing and constructed global, exhibit their undying relevance. The visionary philosophy at the back of the awards has been to hunt to inspire architects, developers, consumers and clients to profit from and upload to the Muslim background. all of the award-winning tasks integrated are defined intimately, discussing not just the improvement and layout, development tools and expertise, but additionally the historic historical past of the positioning. initiatives diversity from the recovery of the nice Omari Mosque, Lebanon, to the Grameen financial institution Housing undertaking, Bangladesh, and from the Gurel summer time place of abode, Turkey, to the Arab international Institute, Paris.

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The city generated by governments, corporations and institutional bodies whose maps and masterplans prescribe its organisation has always been made over by street dwellers and walkers who customise place, finding shortcuts and poaching on the territory of others. Urban hackers are those who repoint the system through tactical interventions, whether as street artists or guerillas scaling the Opera House sails, cavers in Sydney’s underground waterways, gleaners, or Park(ing) Day hijackers of metered parking spaces (p 66).

Rather than retreating from Sydney’s aggressive development drive, it is characterised by bold technological solutions, densifying and activating the city 24/7. Sydney’s proposed village network aspires to the principles of village life, imbuing suburbs with a distinctive street culture and identity, keeping New York, as always, in mind. indd 46 10/09/2014 4:25 pm the developments for which Manhattan simply provides a marketable name (Central Park, East Village), the urban village is a concept inspired by Greenwich Village, famously promoted in the 1960s by urbanist Jane Jacobs as the downtown neighbourhood where locals have their ‘eyes on the street’ and where creativity and innovation flourishes as a result of encounters in public space.

Curator Zanny Begg brought together nine creative approaches to the mapping of various ‘badlands’ (officially neglected places that are therefore available to unofficial uses). The exhibition focused on a series of undeveloped or quasi-fictitious locations that might manifest as glitches or blanks on conventional maps. Diego Bonetto and Adrian O’Doherty created Wild Sydney, a userfriendly, citizen-driven mapping of wild botany living in the Sydney basin. Using new software, the interactive map harvested photographs from social media sites and provided a public platform for sharing seasonal and locative botanical information.

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