2:00 - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
1st Floor, Wurster Hall Lobby
University of California, Berkeley
The Islamic Cities project is an initiative focused on cities in the Muslim World. As architecture is a medium through which material expression to cultural premises and historical experience are made, the Cities Project aims to reveal the city as a space of cultural encounters.
Cities express the cultural variety, historical richness, aesthetic premises, and pragmatic solutions to daily needs of people through out the world. Some of the questions this exhibition will address are: How has Islam, pre-Islamic culture, geography, historical forces, globalization, and other influences interacted to shape each of the cities? What evidence and insight does the built environment bring to our understanding of each of these peoples, the cultural choices they have made, and the relationship to Islam? Is there sufficient similarities to warrant the use of the term Islamic city? What conclusions if any can be drawn about the encounters between traditional societies with Western and with other Islamic societies?
The exhibit will showcase four Persian cities: Isfahan, Shiraz, Bam and Tehran with photographs and visual documents.