The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at Harvard University, holds regular forums on Islamic Art & Architecture. In this edition of the lecture, Peter Christensen presents on the theme Transmutations: Architecture and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network.
EVENT: AKPIA Lecture Series – Transmutations: Architecture and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network
SPEAKER: Peter Christensen, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Rochester
DATE: Thursday, November 20th, 2014
TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
VENUE: 485 Broadway, Sackler Building, Room 318, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
About Peter Christensen
Peter Christensen is an Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, at the University of Rochester. Prior to joining University of Rochester, Mr. Christensen taught at Boston Architectural College and the Technische Universität München.
Stressing the intercultural dynamics of Islamic architecture, Mr. Christensen holds a particular interest in exploring this theme in the modern period. He is currently working on the manuscript “Ambiguous Transmutations: Architecture and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network, 1868-1919.”
Mr. Christensen’s graduate work was at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. He also studied architecture at Cornell University and worked as a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art.
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About Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT & Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and Harvard
Situated within the MIT Libraries, the Aga Khan Documentation Center, a part of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT and Harvard, was established in 1979 by a gift from His Highness the Aga Khan. The Center supports teaching of, and research on, the history and theory of architecture, urbanism,environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation, as well as the practice of architecture, in Muslim societies, with particular focus on the research and teaching activities of the faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows at AKPIA.
The Center funds acquisitions and cataloging of visual and printed documentation on the visual and material cultures of the Islamic world, building rich collections in all languages and formats in these subject areas. In addition, the Center provides research, reference, and outreach services. The Aga Khan Documentation Center acquires research materials not commonly found in other collections in North America for the MIT Libraries, including a wide range of specialized periodicals, monographs on architecture, urban planning and development, maps, and documents of preservation and planning authorities. Through the acquisition of select personal archives, the Documentation Center is a repository of primary research materials.
A part of the Documentation Center, the Aga Khan Visual Archive consists of nearly 120,000 slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment. Begun in 1980 with images donated by graduate students traveling on AKPIA Travel Grants, scholars, architectural firms, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Archive continues to grow. Images in the Archive document historic and contemporary sites in the Islamic world, including many sites not found in any published resource or those that are no longer accessible or have been destroyed.
In addition, the Aga Khan Documentation Center is responsible for the curation of the intellectual and content core of Archnet, a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilizations. Over the past ten years, Archnet has worked to provide digital access to the collections of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Aga Khan Documentation Centers at MIT and Harvard, resulting in a growing library of over 79,000 images and 6,000 publications.
The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries is partnered with the Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. Harvard and MIT affiliates have reciprocal access to library collections at both institutions. The Centers provide, acquire, and borrow materials necessary to produce the best scholarship possible and through planned activities, aim to play a significant role in bringing together the various interests and fields of inquiry from both institutions.
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