Global Centre for Pluralism looks to the future, with one foot in the past

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Global Centre for Pluralism looks to the future, with one foot in the pastSource: The Globe and Mail

AGA KHAN – Special to The Globe and Mail

Excerpt:

When I first visited this site, I went across the Ottawa River to see things from the opposite side. From that perspective, I noticed that many buildings on the Ontario side had, over the years, turned their backs to the river. But as we began to plan, another possibility became evident. It seemed increasingly significant to open the site to the water.

Water, after all, has been seen, down through the ages, as the great source of life. When scientists search the universe for signs of life, they begin by looking for water. Water restores and renews and refreshes. And opening ourselves and our lives to the water is to open ourselves and our lives to the future.

In addition, the Ottawa River represents a powerful connection to other places, nearby and far away. It…

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