Summer Reflections: An Architecture of Pluralism | The Ismaili Canada

Summer Reflections: An Architecture of Pluralism

August 21, 2021 | Canada

The architecture of any society reflects a community’s aspirations, aesthetic sense, economic well-being and level of technological advancement. More importantly, architecture helps shape the vision of society.

This evening on Summer Reflections, we explore how architecture serves as a medium of communication about what is significant to a society. In Islamic tradition, architecture has served as an exploration of the relationship between faith, culture, and identity, illustrating the diversity of expression in Muslim cultures and how each of these approach the needs of modern society.

We are joined by renowned landscape architect Thomas Woltz, who was given the charge by Mawlana Hazar Imam, to design a contemporary Islamic garden that would be “the most beautiful space which man can create using the best of our earth’s features.” Woltz sits down with Hanif Kara, Professor at the Harvard School of Design, to share the journey of bringing the Aga Khan Garden to life, designing a space of lasting beauty for all four seasons, that honours our past and boldly embraces the future.

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