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Book on Abbasid Palaces by Matt Saba Published

Impermanent Monuments, Lasting Legacies: The Dār al-Khilāfa of Samarra and Palace Building in Early Abbasid Iraq, by AKDC Visual Resources Librarian Matthew Saba, has recently been released by Reichert Publishing. The book, available in electronic or print format, was developed from Saba’s dissertation research offering a new interpretation of the palaces built by the Abbasid dynasty of Iraq at the apex of its political power from 750 to 900 A.D. As a case study, it focuses on the palace known as the Dār al-Khilāfa (Abode of the Caliphate), constructed in the city of Samarra, founded by the Abbasids in 836 […]

AKDC Staff Contribute to New Book on the Religious Architecture of Islam

Matt Saba (Visual Resources Librarian at AKDC) and Michael Toler (Archnet Content Manager) have contributed two essays to The Religious Architecture of Islam, an encyclopedic, multi-author study of mosques, madrasas, saints’ shrines, and funerary architecture associated with the religion of Islam. The book aims to be global in scale, and its first volume—published in November 2021—covers Asia and Australia, while a forthcoming volume will cover Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The two-volume series is published by Brepols and edited by Hasan-Uddin Khan and Kathryn Moore. Matt contributed an essay on funerary architecture in Iraq under the Abbasids and their successor […]

6 Recipients of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

The six recipients of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) were announced today at a ceremony in Kazan, in the Republic of Tartarstan.  The recipients are a revitalization of Muharraq, Bahrain highlighting the World Heritage site’s pearling history;  an “amphibious” school in South Kanarchor, Bangladesh; the sustainably constructed Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Palestine; the development of 328 public spaces for recreation in the Republic of Tartarstan;  an extension of the campus of Alioune Diop University in Bambey, Senegal; and the restoration of an indigenous ecosystem in Sharjah, UAE. Recipients were announced by Irada Ayupova, Minister of Culture of the […]

Architecture and Plurality Now Available for Download

The complete 2016 Cyclical Monograph of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Architecture and Plurality, is now available on Archnet. The book features the six projects that were 2016 recipients of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA), as well as the 13 other projects that were shortlisted.  It was the 13th cycle (2013-2016) of the Award, presented every three years to recognize projects “that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture” (Source: Aga Khan Award for Architecture). Projects that received the 13th Cycle Award span the globe form China to Denmark.  Shortlisted […]

Recently Added Publications

Among the recently added publications on Archnet are: Volume 10, No. 3 of the International Journal of Architectural Research (IJAR). The year end issue of 2016 includes articles on methodology in teaching architectural design, Andalusian palaces, infrastructure of pedestrians in Tehran, and campus design in Nigeria. Two of Muqarnas: an Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. Volume XXIX contains four articles on “interconnections between the Islamic and Christian worlds, in particular the Italian Peninsula and adjacent lands once belonging to the Eastern Roman Empire,” and volume XXX marks the 30th anniversary of publication. Mir’āt al-quds (Mirror of […]