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What was new and who was using Archnet in October?

58,272 users visited Archnet between October 1 and October 31, viewing a total of 286,946 pages, watching 140 videos, downloading 7,820 publications, and conducting 7,556 searches. The most-watched video was Close to Home: Al-Khimyah, written and directed by Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, and revealing how a pile of rubble in Cairo became Al-Azhar Park, […]

Archnet sees a significant rise in visitors during September

True to form, visitors to Archnet jumped by 24% from August to September. Though Archnet is intended as and has proven to be a resource for both practitioners and scholars of architecture, the number of visitors coming from academic domains increases significantly as the summer comes to an end, and learning management systems from universities […]

Urban October on Archnet

Situated on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, the city of Beirut, is one of the oldest in the world.  Control of the area has been contested throughout its history, and these conflicts have taken their toll on the city’s built environment. But on August 4 the city around the port was rocked by a […]

Endangered Heritage: An Online Panel of the A3-Archnet Collaborative

IMPORTANT UPDATE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED.  The event is at capacity.  If your registration was successfully processed, you will soon receive instructions on how to join.  July 27, 2020 The A3-Archnet Collaborative for the Documentation of Africa’s built heritage will hold an online public panel on “Endangered Heritage,” July 31 at 16:30-18:30 […]

Archnet in June 2020-The end of an unusual academic year!

Archnet staff published a total of 343 new records to Archnet.org. Highlights included 20 briefs on projects shortlisted in the 2019 cycle of the triennial Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA), and 315 images of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran from the Aga Khan Visual Archive and Harvard University’s collection of photographs and video by the […]

Archnet in May 2020: What’s new and how many are visiting?

362 new records were published on Archnet.org in May 2020, including records and images of 3 structures in the ruins of a Ghaznavid palatial complex, Lashkiri Bazar, north of Bust, Afghanistan; and photographs of an 18th c. house, Bayt Boghose Kirdikian in Aleppo, Syria. Also newly published, Volumes 30-33 of Muqarnas: An Annual on the […]

What’s new in Archnet for April 2020?

In 2003 Archnet went online with the goal of facilitating teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality by providing provide ready access to unique, high quality, visual and textual resources on the built environment, particularly that of Muslim societies and the wider developing world. 17 years later, that mission is proving more important than […]

Winners of the A3-Archnet Prize for Writing on African Architecture Announced

Following the jury’s decision to split the competition into undergraduate and graduate categories, Muhammed Gbolahan Madandola’s essay on the Great Mosque of Niono, Mali has been chosen as the winning essay in the first A3-Archnet Prize for Writing on African Architecture. Enwonwu Chiagozie, 21 is the undergraduate winner for her essay on Egedege N’Okaro, Benin […]

Rifat Chadirji, one of the “most influential shapers of modern Baghdad,” dead at 93

The staff of the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries (AKDC@MIT), is saddened to learn of the death of the great Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji (December 6, 1926-April 10, 2020). Chadirji was “a thinker, author, critic, & rationalist architect with a refined aesthetic sensitivity, he devised a particular approach to architecture that he called international […]