Architecture of Coexistence: Building Pluralism, edited by ACT Professor Azra Akšamija, will have a virtual book launch on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6pm CET / 12pm EST. Register for the event here! For this event, moderated by Cristina Steingräber of ArchiTangle, Akšamija will be in conversation with: Mohammad al-Asad, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Build Environment in Amman Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner at BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP Farrokh Derakhshani, Director Aga Khan Award for Architecture Jakob Fender, Founder Superflex Eva Grabherr, Managing Director of okay.zusammen leben Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Director of the Center for Cultural Heritage, International Forum Bosnia Verena Konrad, Director of Vorarlberg Architecture Institute (vai) Martine Rein-Cano, Founder TOPOTEK 1 Architecture of Coexistence: Building Pluralism investigates how architecture can shape an open-minded and inclusive society, highlighting three internationally renowned projects: the White Mosque in Visoko, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1980); the Islamic Cemetery Altach, Austria (2012); and Superkilen park in Copenhagen, Denmark (2011). Scholarly essays across various disciplines, along with interviews with the architects and users of these projects, provide intriguing insights into architecture’s ability to bridge cultural divides. Soliciting a wide array of questions about migration, transculturalism, visibility, inclusion, and exclusion, the book sheds light on the long-term social processes generated between architectural form and its users. Architecture of Coexistence offers a truly interdisciplinary perspective on a very timely subject: “Building pluralism” means designing for a respectful inclusion of different cultural needs, practices, and traditions. With contributions by Azra Akšamija, Mohammad al-Asad, Ali S. Asani, Simon Burtscher-Matis, Amila Buturović, Farrokh Derakhshani, Robert Fabach, Eva Grabherr, Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Tina Gudrun Jensen, Jennifer Mack, Nasser Rabbat, Barbara Steiner, Helen Walasek, and Wolfgang Welsch. Photo essays by Velibor Božović, Cemal Emden, Jesper Lambaek, and Nikolaus Walter.
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