Recent Opportunities

Islamic Landscape Symposium: What is an Islamic Garden in the 21st Century?

September 13, 2019
Open to the university and the public

With new Islamic gardens and landscapes being designed around the world, the question of identity has become more complex, and tradition and modernity increasingly entangled. The symposium asks what defines an Islamic garden or landscape today. Because research on Islamic landscape and gardens has mostly been written by and for historians, little attention has been paid to the modern and contemporary world. However, the symposium brings the historical focus closer to the present, and explores not only the various ways that contemporary designers have used the rich archive of historical precedents for inspiration in their work, but also how they have in turn contributed to the ongoing tradition of Islamic gardens. The symposium engages with contemporary issues related to identity, representation, modernity, nationalism, globalization and tradition, and it considers the impact and meaning of these themes for the history and design of Islamic gardens and landscape.

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Debra L. Mitchell Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Amir Habibullah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shiraz Allibhai, Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Abdelmohsen Farahat, King Abdulaziz University

Laila ElMasry-Stino, Sites International

Ratish Nanda, Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Abdallah Tabet, OLIN

Thomas Woltz, Nelson Byrd Woltz

Kamelia Zaal, Kamelia Landscape

Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Department of Landscape Architecture
611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

Department of Landscape Architecture, Debra L. Mitchell Chair Endowment

LACES 5 credits. Register at:
Fellowships available for graduate student attendees

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SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
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Chicago, Illinois 60610
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