Architecture in a Critical Context: Contemporary Design in the Middle East
The Bengal Institute, with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, conducted a special course on architecture that shapes our thinking and practice: Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
From a public lecture by Hassan Radoine: "Architecture is not an aesthetic plain for amusement only. Architecture is much deeper than that. We need to think of how can architects revive the sense of cultural essence. My presentation is not about advocating the past nor about the futuristic drama, my lecture lies in learning from both. The past dictates a certain prophecy and hence the role of architecture is primordial. How to design architecture in the Middle East with being sensitive to the context but without getting emotional with the pastiche?"