Archinect - News 2017-09-19T18:49:25-04:00 Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman mosques Nam Henderson 2017-07-09T20:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-09T20:03:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Erdogan is ordering the construction of mosques much as Suleiman the Magnificent once gave orders to Mimar Sinan. But as Bozdogan points out, there were many styles of mosques throughout the Ottoman Empire; in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries...Erdogan, however, sees such 18th- and 19th-century mosques as a contamination, not purely Turkish like the mosques of the 16th century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Suzy H. Hansen visits Turkey, where Erdogan&rsquo;s AK Party and TOKI (the national housing commission) have overseen a&nbsp;boom in construction and urban re/development. Including of houses of worship designed to reference a "<em>golden age</em>" of&nbsp;Turkish identity, while also furthering the Islamicization&nbsp;<strong>of the country and providing an ongoing economic engine.</strong></p> Police Shut Down Mosque Installation at Venice Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-22T17:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:08:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The police in Venice closed an art installation in the form of a functioning mosque on Friday morning, after city officials declared the art project a security hazard and said that the artist who created it, Christoph B&uuml;chel, had not obtained proper permits and had violated laws by allowing too many people inside the mosque to worship.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There is no mosque in Venice, so the thousands of M</em><em>uslim</em><em> tourists visiting Venice must pray in a converted factory in Mestre, which is the polluted part of Venice.</em></p><p><em>This until the swiss artist Buechler converted an abandoned and unused former catholic church into a functioning mosque for the duration of this&nbsp;</em><em>year's</em><em> Art Biennial.&nbsp;<br>Short lived though, Venice Municipal Authorities just yanked the permit.<br>Reason: Security and</em><em>Safety-it</em><em> </em><em>was</em><em> too</em><em> </em><em>popular, too</em><em> many people wanted to see it or pray in it.<br>As usual security trumps everything"</em></p><p>As quoted by a friend.</p> Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings built by Muslims Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-12T11:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:16:37-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I strongly disagree with the title. There is no such thing as Islamic Architecture or Islamic Culture. Islam is a multicultural faith with strong presence in Arab world, the Persian world, the Indian Subcontinent, in Eurasia and even in Europe. You cannot label an architectural style as Islamic just because it is used in a mosque. There are elements of the host culture present in this buildings. Mosques in Egypt or Turkey are significantly different from Mosques in Europe or India. -</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Holy architecture: Not a curve out of place Archinect 2013-01-10T14:03:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:18:45-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Muslim scriptures are laconic on mosque design. The holy building must only face Mecca and be &ldquo;guarded from enemies&rdquo;. That gives a free hand to experimental architects and adventurous clergy. In Albania&rsquo;s capital, Tirana, BIG, a Danish architectural firm, is erecting a mosque with walls like breaking waves. Their clever geometry helps it face Mecca&mdash;inconveniently askew from the city&rsquo;s north-south grid layout.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Turkey’s Towering Ambition Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-17T18:07:00-04:00 >2012-09-18T19:56:36-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The larger irony is that in calling for a huge new mosque in the tradition of Sinan, Erdo&#287;an may be missing the more fundamental lesson of the Ottoman architect&rsquo;s work. As Bruno Taut, the German architect who emigrated to Turkey to flee the Nazis, argued, Sinan was himself a proto-modernist whose ability to create extraordinary beauty from novel engineering had more in common with twentieth-century German functionalism than earlier Islamic architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a politically&nbsp;analytical&nbsp;article in New York Review of Books, Hugh Eakin examines the power policies of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his ambitious plan to&nbsp;crystallize the country's image and political agenda via a single building. A large new mosque in classical Ottoman style is planned to crown Istanbul's highest hill. &nbsp;A new mosque that nobody visiting Istanbul will be able to not see. As if the city with many masterpieces of religious buildings yet need another post modern one to refresh Erdogan's political and moral legacy via architecture.</p> <p> There was an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unofficial competition</a> in Turkey with architects and others expressed the absurdity of the plans.</p> Are US Muslims abandoning domes and minarets out of fear? Nam Henderson 2012-02-02T11:05:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T17:11:56-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"You can have a grand dome and grand minaret, but if it doesn't really serve the purpose, if it only has a large prayer space and nothing else, then you're not really fulfilling the needs of the community," he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In post 9/11 America the construction of new mosques in the US has sometimes sparked controversy and even confrontation. Is that why some new Muslim houses of worship are being built without the most recognisable features of Islamic architecture - minarets and domes?</p>