* Introduction: Considering Islamic Art History and the Question of Public Impact - Laura Weinstein
Teaching about Islam through Art in the Museum and Classroom - Walter Denny
Students, Art and the Middle East Refugee Crisis - Pamela Karimi
Advocacy and Art - Nadeem Mazen
As part of the continuing "The City Talks" series at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Maryam (MIIM Designs) will be joining MFA's Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art and Acting Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia along with Michael Dwan Singh (SubDrift Boston) and Robb Johnson (Fenway Health) to discuss "How do we unlearn differences within communities"?
Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a free discussion inspired by themes in the exhibition “Political Intent,” on view now.
This past year Open Architecture Collaborative laid out the infrastructure, defined its niche, and now is turning to you for support to build the programs that will help us all reach and assist more marginalised communities.
Your gift of at least $25 can make all of the difference, providing tools, connecting and engaging architects around the globe. Make your donation today to help us reach a groundswell of support of 2000 donors.
A note from Maryam, our Principal and Board Member of Open Architecture Collaborative:
"Ibrahim, a scholar in residence at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School and a Muslim chaplain at Tufts University, addressed the stereotypes at “Muslim Feminism,” the second of three Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogues.
Ibrahim also challenged the misconception that Muslim women are not allowed to pursue education. She pointed out that Muhammad directed that every person must seek knowledge, regardless of gender.
'Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim,” she said. Citing as examples Farah Pandith, the State Department’s first ever-special representative to Muslim communities; architect Maryam Eskandari; sitcom creator Zarqa Nawaz; and Ghazala Khan, the gold star mother of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, Ibrahim said, “For Muslim women there is not a single path. Their influence is broad and takes many different paths.'”
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the newly relaunched Open Architecture Collaborative is an international nonprofit that provides grassroots advocacy, planning, and socially responsible design to communities where those services are needed the most. Volunteer architects and designers working with the 30 chapters worldwide have done everything from building a neighborhood arts center in Chicago to providing post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction in Mississippi…. The organization put humanitarian design on the map, and with its new structure and leadership, it's poised to keep doing so. Donate here.
What is the place for childhood in the midst of survival?
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 4.8 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq since the Syrian Civil War began five years ago. More than half are under the age of 18. The average stay of refugees is 17 years—an entire childhood. Global displacement has surpassed that witnessed in the wake of World War II, and children remain its most impacted victims.
What roles can design—and designers—play in the face of such overwhelming challenges? What is the agency of architects in establishing stability in these contexts? Can public space support family resiliency? How might this relate to challenges faced by Boston? Please join a panel discussion and reception to launch the BSA Syria Initiative.
The BSA Syria Initiative aims to address a need for child-focused public space facilities to help improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, as well as their local counterparts. The initiative will establish a collaboration with design professionals in Beirut and the Boston area, in partnership with the Karam Foundation and Sawa for Development and Aid.
Moderated by Ramzi Naja, adjunct professor, Roger Williams University; MArch II, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).
Dr. Atyia Martin, chief resilience officer, Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, City of Boston
Majed Abdulsamad, graduate student, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Miho Mazereeuw, assistant professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); director, MIT Urban Risk Lab
Introduction by Nathalie Beauvais Int’l Assoc. AIA, lead climate change projects, Kleinfelder.
Next steps include a design workshop in early 2017.
For more information, contact Gretchen Rabinkin AIA, director of civic initiatives for the BSA/AIA and BSA Foundation.
At the closing ceremony of the Venice Biennale, several of our friends, Malkit Shoshan, James Taylor-Frost, Pierre Bélanger, Hamed Bukhamseen and Ali Karimi, used their voices to express the role we play, as architects, in the world we live in and the how we can be effective.
“The so-called refugee crisis across Europe is not a crisis of citizens or citizenship. The real crisis is one of the imperial mind—the State, one of statelessness and borderlessness. It is the nation-state that is at risk. After all, we—the people—are all immigrants.”
—Please read this declaration on the images below:
The Women in Design Symposium at the 2016 ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABx) will explore the impact of public interest design on the evolving building industry. As designers, we shape our built environment by providing spaces for living, learning, working, and playing. While we collaborate with our clients to achieve their vision, we also assess the impacts and opportunities of their projects in the greater civic realm. With an ever-growing focus on public-interest design, practitioners engage in human-centric projects that address social, economic, and cultural dynamics as critical factors to the design inquiry and to the project’s success. While there are numerous examples a practitioner can look to for inspiration, the process remains enigmatic. How does one define “public-interest”? Is it a typology of architecture, a business model, or a funding strategy? What players are necessary to assess the socio-economic needs of a community and navigate the politics of the process? What do public-interest methodologies offer professionals working within the private realm? As this sector expands, it broadens the impact and expands our opportunities to make critical contributions to our built environment.
Following last Tuesday’s election results, Robert Ivy, AIA executive VP and CEO released the following statement on behalf of the national AIA apparatus and membership:
The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure. During the campaign, President-elect Trump called for committing at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years. We stand ready to work with him and with the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that investments in schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure continue to be a major priority.
We also congratulate members of the new 115th Congress on their election. We urge both the incoming Trump Administration and the new Congress to work toward enhancing the design and construction sector’s role as a major catalyst for job creation throughout the American economy.
This has been a hard-fought, contentious election process. It is now time for all of us to work together to advance policies that help our country move forward.
The Architect’s Newspaper strongly disagreed with Ivy’s conciliatory note and along with Latent Design (started #NotmyAIA), Arch Lobby and the Equity Alliance; MIIM Designs’ principal put out the following statement: