"I believe that good architecture should reflect a holistic appreciation of reality. Reality, it is held, has a hierarchy of awarness levels within which there exists both outer and inner dimensions. The outer (ecological) dimension relates to a finite world of limited energy-income from the sun, of fixed energy reserves. The inner, (cultural) dimension relates to human kind, who have an infinite, hidden reseve 0f energy --the spirit-- that can often transcend the limited context of this phenomenal world."
Nader Ardalan Contemporary Architects, 1987, p. 44.
Ardalan, Nader. "Intentions and Challenges." In Building for Tomorrow, edited by Azim Nanji, 96-103. London: Academy Group Ltd., 1994.
The more than 19 essays on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in this retrospective suggest there is a transnational and transterritorial landscape’ out of which a constructive discourse can emerge. Through a definition of architecture that engages the whole built environment and situates human and cultural concerns at heart of the conversation about the future of building in the Muslim world, the Award has led, initiated and sustained an enabling series of conversations. The essays in this volume, while different in focus and approach, indicate how the Award has fostered and forged such “a community of concern”.
Source: Azim Nanji in “Enabling Conversations” from Building for Tomorrow.