Aga Khan Program of the Graduate School of Design

Established in 2003, the main aim of the Aga Khan Program at the Graduate School of Design is to study the impact of development on the shaping of landscapes, cities, and regional territories in the Muslim world and to generate the means by which design at this scale could be improved. The program focuses on the emerging phenomena that characterize these settings and on issues related to the design of public spaces and landscapes, environmental concerns, and land use and territorial settlement patterns. The process entails a study of their current conditions, their recent history (from WWII to the present), and, most importantly, the exploration of appropriate design approaches. The program sponsors new courses, option studios, faculty research, workshops, conferences, student activities, and publications. It is supported by a generous grant from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Two Squares

Two Squares

Sarkis, Hashim

Two Squares examines the changing role of public space in the cities of Beirut and Istanbul as they undergo major redevelopment. The study of Beirut looks at the redesign of Martyrs’ Square, and in Istanbul, the focus is on Sirkeci Square. This book examines the nature of public space in the 21st-century city, the history and evolution of public life in Beirut and Istanbul, and the possibilities of using these vital transportation nodes as opportunities for new design strategies.

Cover: Han Tümertekin: Recent Work

Han Tümertekin: Recent Work

Sarkis, Hashim

Focusing on six recent projects, this publication presents the architecture of renowned Turkish architect Han Tümertekin to the English-speaking world. The book examines in detail his ability to engage in some of the more difficult issues confronting architects throughout the world today, such as suburban tract development, landscape and environment, and the challenges of practicing in different countries throughout the world. It is the first of a new series of occasional monographs on contemporary designers in the Middle East and Muslim world.

Cover: A Turkish Triangle: Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir at the Gates of Europe

A Turkish Triangle: Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir at the Gates of Europe

Sarkis, Hashim

Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir have been the major poles of growth and development in Turkey since the Republic was formed, although these three cities have followed very different paths. Through a series of three case studies and an introduction by Turkey’s most renowned urban historian and theorist, Ilhan Tekeli, the book studies the rise of these three main urban centers in Turkey and their roles in organizing the territory and its future reorganization.

Cover: The Superlative City: Dubai and the Urban Condition in the Early Twenty-First Century

The Superlative City: Dubai and the Urban Condition in the Early Twenty-First Century

Kanna, Ahmed

Essays in The Superlative City examine the speed and aesthetic brashness of Dubai’s development in the early twenty-first century. Considering both visually arresting and less sensational elements of architecture, they situate Dubai’s urbanism in its contexts of architecture, urban planning and design, and historical and cultural processes.

Cover: Landscapes of Development: The Impact of Modernization Discourses on the Physical Environment of the Eastern Mediterranean

Landscapes of Development: The Impact of Modernization Discourses on the Physical Environment of the Eastern Mediterranean

Pyla, Panayiota

Landscapes of Development analyzes the impact of development policies on the physical environment of the Eastern Mediterranean since the end of World War II. Essays examine formal manifestations of development, focusing on urban and rural schemes, housing projects, and agro-landscapes and dams from Israel to Turkey, and from Greece to Syria.

Cover: The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City

The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City

Miller, Susan Gilson
Bertagnin, Mauro

A collaborative work among historians, literary specialists, and architects, this collection is directed at filling the gap in our knowledge about minority neighborhoods in the southern Mediterranean.

Cover: Desert Tourism: Tracing the Fragile Edges of Development

Desert Tourism: Tracing the Fragile Edges of Development

Lefebvre, Virginie

Deserts are becoming increasingly popular tourist destinations. However, the growth of this tourism niche raises particular challenges, jeopardizing their fragile ecosystems and straining scarce resources. This book seeks to analyze the relationship between tourism and the sustainable development of those territories, addressing issues raised by architecture, landscape design, and planning.

Cover: Makina/Medina: On Cultural Heritage and Urban Development in the Historic City of Fez

Makina/Medina: On Cultural Heritage and Urban Development in the Historic City of Fez

Chaouni, Aziza
Sarkis, Hashim

Through a series of essays by urban historians, economists, and designers, Makina/Medina examines the potential impact of cultural events on the revitalization of historic cities. The aim of this volume is to explore how the urban design set up for a cultural event could help improve access and legibility in this medieval city and to positively affect its economic and social development. The book also includes a series of hypothetical design projects for the Makina Square by Harvard Graduate School of Design students.

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