Mohammad al-Asad is a Jordanian architect and architectural
historian. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built
Environment in Amman. Dr. al-Asad studied architecture at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and history of architecture at Harvard University,
before taking post-doctoral research positions at Harvard and at the Institute
for Advanced Study at Princeton. He has taught at the University of Jordan,
Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the Alan K. and
Leonarda Laing Distinguished Visiting Professor. He was also adjunct professor
at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Dr. al-Asad has published in both Arabic and
English on the architecture of the Islamic world, in books and academic and
professional journals. He is the author of Old Houses of Jordan: Amman
1920-1950 (1997) and Contemporary Architecture and
Urbanism in the Middle East (2012); and co-author (with Ghazi Bisheh and
Fawzi Zayadine) of The Umayyads: The Rise of Islamic Art (2000) and
(with Sahel Al Hiyari and Álvaro Siza) Sahel Al Hiyari Projects (2005).
He is the editor of Workplaces: The Transformation of
Places of Production: Industrialization and the Built Environment in the
Islamic World (2010), and co-editor (with Majd Musa) of Architectural
Journalism and Criticism: Global Perspectives (2007) and Exploring the Built Environment (2007).
Middle Ground / Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts, part 1 of 5 (low resolution)
This video is part one of five that document the symposium, "Middle Ground / Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts," held at the Yale School of Architecture over January 21 and 22, 2011. Its running time is 3:52:22. A high-resolution version of the same video file is also available.
Part one, the afternoon session of January 21, 2011, features:
Time and Identity
Introduction, Karla Britton, Yale University
The Fundamentalist City: Medieval Modernity, Nezar AlSayyad, University of California, Berkeley
Religious Sites and Heritage Construction, Howayda Al-Harithy, American University of Beirut
Response, Kishwar Rizvi, Yale University
An Interpretation to Historic Cairo, Fathi Saleh, Library of Alexandria
Retreating into the Background: Mosque Architecture in the Early 21st Century, Mohammad al-Asad, Center for the Study of the Built Environment