8: Architecture and the Islamic World Today with Mariam Kamara and Yasaman Esmaili
Architects from Niger and Iran, Mariam Kamara and Yasaman Esmaili, discuss their award-winning work, the challenges of practicing globally, and the difficulties and rewards of learning to translate across languages and cultures via architecture. Topics include: feminism and architecture, Islam in the world, international practice, and the non-Western roots of the modernist aesthetic.
1:28 Lafarge Holcim Foundation Gold Prize experience
4:23 Hikma mosque and library project in Niyami as an adaptive reuse and extension project
6:24 “Breathing new life into old practices” as a renewal concept
7:40 Bayt al-Hikma (“House of Wisdom”) in Baghdad, Iraq: science and Islam together
10:14 Hikma project outside of Niamey as a de-dramatizing political statement in contemporary world
11:31 The body language of buildings and people
12:48 “Their proximity automatically makes those two aspects [of the religious and secular worlds] talk to each other...So there’s an automatic dialogue that’s effortless.”
14:35 Hikma as “a mind’s garden”: proximity as passive germination for communication, connection, knowledge
17:32 Layers of space and fada at the Niamey 2000 housing project
19:14 united4design collective
20:18 Mariam from Niger, Yasaman from Iran
20:25 Layers of public, private, and gendered spaces in Iran and Niger
25:01 Fada as a political space
27:04 The influence of empathy, gender and a non-Western identity in architectural work
36:08 The impact of design in the West vs the non-West
35:54 What does masōmī (in Hausa) and chahar (in Farsi) mean?
42:58 Aesthetics and influence of English and the West in local projects?
44:10 “Original modernists were in West Africa or Middle East”
46:24 Local, basic building and aesthetics