Islamic Gardens and Parks
Date: Tuesday 3 November | 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: Leighton House Museum
The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations warmly invites you to join us for a very special evening as part of the 2015 Nour Festival.
A panel of three experts will lead a discussion on Islamic gardens and parks as vehicles for social change. Green spaces in the Middle East are often overwhelmed by population growth and a lack of planning. The creation of AKDN’s Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, led by Jurjen van der Tas, is a landmark development which has been a powerful catalyst for urban renewal. This panel discussion looks at how we can respond to contemporary social and environmental challenges by conceiving, designing and building parks and gardens based on the principles of Islamic garden design as far afield as Cairo, London and Marrakech. The event is free, but tickets are limited and booking is essential.
About the speakers
– Jurjen van der Tas: Deputy Director of the Historic Cities Program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
– Tom Stuart-Smith: Internationally-renowned landscape gardener and RHS Chelsea Gold medallist
– Mark Bryant: Development Officer for the Centre for the Study of Islam, University of Cardiff
The event is free, but tickets are limited and booking is essential.
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