The Centre for Islamic Architecture and Urban Planning of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), a member of Qatar Foundation, organised its first international symposium on ‘Shaping the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic Societies’ recently.
The aim of the symposium was to debate the future of architecture and urbanism in Muslim societies.
Understanding how practitioners and academics could learn from successful endeavours and how such learning would have a positive impact on the contemporary Muslim city was the crux of the programme. It involved critical explorations and analytical studies that unveiled the contemporary condition of architecture and urbanism in Muslim societies, while examining the impact of identity loss and the challenges of globalisation.
The symposium gathered nine presenters from international and local universities and research institutions and attracted a large number of passionate attendees and interested stakeholders in Qatar’s built environment.
They included the Chief Officer of Museums at Qatar Museums Authority Earl Roger Mandel, CEO of Msheireb Properties Issa M al Mohannadi, Director of QF’s Office of Institutional Research Dirar Khour, QF’s Head of Architecture for Capital Projects Ameena al Ahmadi, and a number of academics from the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of the College of Engineering, Qatar University, along with QFIS faculty members and students.
Dr Hatem el Karanshawy, dean of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, opened the conference by presenting the essential need to start investigating the future of built environment within Muslim cities and societies. He expressed the strong dedication of the faculty to conduct Islamic grounded research in this field through the newly established research centre and the master’s degree programme.
Professor Nasser Rabbat, the Aga Khan professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology discussed the beginning of Islamic architecture and the different means of defining the character of Islamic architecture.
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