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Conference by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Aga Khan Program

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    Meral Ekincioglu, Ph.D.

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

    Spring 2022, Lecture & Events


    Saturday, April 30 in room 56-154.

    Details upcoming

    The Profession’s Foundations: Architects and Architecture in the Modern Middle East​


    In recent years, a growing body of scholarship has emerged within the field of architectural studies that has sought to revisit existing Western-centric paradigms and explore new terrains for understanding architectural history and the present. By emphasizing the ‘global mobilities’ underpinning the transfer of architectural concepts, models, and skills throughout the twentieth century, scholars have expanded the historiography of modern architecture and urban planning into a more comprehensive global history. Nonetheless, this global history remains predominantly written through the experiences of colonial and foreign architects and planners and their influences on the rest of the world during the twentieth century. Contrarily, this workshop invites participants to explore the undocumented histories of the emergence of a local class of professional architects and planners in the Global South. Focusing on the Middle East, it aims to trace the thought, practice, and vision of the milieu of local architects, engineers and planners who contributed to the transnational exchange of technical expertise and the flow of architectural knowledge, experiences, and imageries both regionally and globally during the twentieth century.”

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