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Open call welcomes submissions of proposals on mosques and mosque architecture

Open call welcomes submissions of proposals on mosques and mosque architecture

Part of a conference looking at the design of mosques in the 21st century

The 100,000 sqm King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The 100,000 sqm King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Calling architects, designers, researchers, curators, authors, poets and even historians.

You're invited to submit research proposals, scientific papers and academic research with a focus on mosques and mosque architecture.

They could feature in a conference, Mosque: Innovation in Object, Form and Function, to be held in Saudi from November 23-25, 2021.

Set to take place over three days, the event aims to support the study of the art, history and architecture of the mosque both within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad.

Architectural forms and design elements as well as objects used in and around mosques will also be studied. The deadline for submissions is December 28, 2020.

It's part of a partnership between Saudi's King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture.

Ithra is oil company Saudi Aramco’s flagship CSR and cultural initiative.

The duo has just signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner on three projects promoting the architectural, academic and cultural significance of mosques and Islamic architecture.

As well as the 2021 conference, a travelling exhibition looking at the culture of mosques, and a publication covering both form the trifecta.

The Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture addresses new ideas for mosque design around the world.

Abdullah Al Fozan, chairman of its executive committee, says: “This joint initiative comprised of three projects, presents a unique and important opportunity to prominently highlight the timelessness of Islamic architecture, from its inception to its prevalence and application in present-day as a crucial cultural art form.

"Our partnership with Saudi Aramco and Ithra, will deliver an initiative wherein Islamic architecture will be explored further through an academic lens, published and documented to shift perceptions on a global scale, diversifying past common associations and providing enriching new definitions for mosques and Islamic architecture as a whole.”

For more information, visit www.ithra.com.

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