Aga Khan Program of the Graduate School of Design
The Aga Khan Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design is part of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, dedicated to the study of Islamic art and architecture, urbanism, landscape design and conservation. The GSD program is invested in the application of that knowledge to contemporary design issues.
Established in 2003, the Aga Khan Program at the GSD provides tuition and scholarships to doctoral and Ph.D. students studying the impact of development in the shaping of landscapes, cities and regional territories in the Muslim world. The program’s research and activities focus a lens on the design of public spaces, environmental concerns and land use and territorial settlement patterns from World War II to the present.
Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.
Two Squares: Studies and Designs for Martyrs Square, Beirut, and Sirkeci Square, Istanbul
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.
Han Tümertekin: Recent Work
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.
A Turkish Triangle: Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir at the Gates of Europe
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.
The Superlative City: Dubai and the Urban Condition in the Early Twenty-First Century
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.
Landscapes of Development: The Impact of Modernization Discourses on the Physical Environment of the Eastern Mediterranean
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.
The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City
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.
Desert Tourism: Tracing the Fragile Edges of Development
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.