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New Archnet collection documents monuments of Algerian architecture

Moorish Monuments of Algeria: richness and diversity,” is a new Archnet collection documenting 27 of the most prominent historic architectural sites in Algeria. The Aga Khan Documentation Center of the MIT Libraries (AKDC@MIT) commissioned Dr. Amine Kasmi, a conservation architect and associate professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Tlemcen in Algeria, to develop and curate the collection documenting “architecture produced by the local population of the central Maghreb.” Structures in the collection span the history of the region from the 3rd century BCE through the first half of the 20th c.

Like “The Islamic Heritage of Bangladesh, the collection surveys highlights of one nation’s architectural tradition, documenting sites with basic data, descriptions, and images (historic and contemporary), and drawings (plans and/or elevations). The collection also contains brief videos that help the user understand the structure of the space. Much of the media content in the collection is original material, created by Kasmi for Archnet.

“Moorish Monuments of Algeria” is the newest of dozens of regional surveys in Archnet.  See them all on the collections page, under the category “Regional Surveys.”


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