MOHA Research Center, organized the International Conference on “Aspects of Islamic gardens: Multi-meanings of paradise”, that took place at the Grande Salle of Imaret, Kavala.
This international conference hosted, among others, distinguished keynote speakers from the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, the University of Michigan, Dumbarton Oaks, Istanbul University, Sultan Qaboos University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. It aspired to bring together experts on Islamic culture from the fields of arts, history and theory of architecture, landscape architecture, environmental design & engineering, aiming at an interdisciplinary interaction and emergence of new concepts.
The conference, was co-organized by MOHA Research Center and E.MA.T.T.E.C.H. (Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology) and supported by Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) and MOHA. It was held under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Session A: Context for paradise
Keynote speaker: Professor Nasser Rabbat, director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT: “The Complex Image of the Islamic Garden”
Guest lecturer: Aggeliki Ziaka (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): “Paradise: The search for the gardens of the divine beauty according to the sufis”
Special session: In the gardens
Guest artist: Irini Gonou, “Whispering Reeds in Woven Gardens”
Guest lecturer: Nurhan Atasoy, former director chairman of Fine Arts, Istanbul University:“Ottoman flowers on their way to Europe”
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Session B: Influences and Relations
Keynote speaker: Michael Conan, former director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Museum of Harvard University: “Making Sense of Islamic Garden Traces”
Session C: Engineered paradise
Keynote speaker: Nikolaos Katopodes, (University of Michigan, USA):“Miracles of a Water Paradise – a Fluid Mechanics Perspective”
Keynote speaker: Anvar Kacimov, Professor and Dean of the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University: “Micro-climate Control by Shading, Impeded Heat Conduction and Evapotranspirative Cooling of Mini-gardens in Arid Environment: From Muscatese Window to Smart Design of Soil Substrate”
Special speech on closing ceremony: Archbishop of Scandinavia Metr. Kleopas:“Defining Environmentalism as a Spiritual Responsibility.”
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