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10 Amazing Examples of the Ottoman Mihrab in Istanbul

Mihrab is next to minbar and mahfil the best known element of any mosque interior. All three elements have a functional and aesthetic role. Mihrab is a semi circular niche set into the middle of 'qibla wall' in order to indicate the direction of Mecca.

BLUEPRINTS for the MIDEAST

Nikolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for New York Times made an interesting video interview with four famous museum architects: I.M. Pei, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Jean Nouvel.

Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

DOHA / The five projects selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced at a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony.

Madinat al Zahra Museum in Cordoba (Spain)

The tenth-century palace city of Madinat al Zahra is widely considered to be one of the most significant early Islamic archaeological sites in the world, and the most extensive in Western Europe. Madinat al Zahra Museum is being nominated for the 11th Cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The final Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar in November 2010.

Souk Waqif in Doha, Qatar

Souk Wakif is being nominated for the 11th Cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The projects shortlisted by the independent Master Jury are now being technically reviewed by a select group of architects, urban planners and engineers. The reviews will be submitted to the Master Jury before the Award recipients are chosen. The final Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar in November 2010.

Rehabilitation of Al-Qaraouiyine Mosque

FEZ, MOROCCO / Among the 19 nominees for the 11th Cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture we can see the Rehabilitation of Al-Qaraouiyine Mosque. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture not only rewards architects, but also identifies municipalities, builders, clients, master craftsmen and engineers who have played important roles in the realization of a project.

Islamic Center in New York - Design

NEW YORK (AP) - Conceptual sketches of the Islamic center planned two blocks from ground zero envision a futuristic-looking building wrapped in a honeycomb of abstract shapes, with a core containing far more space for other activities than religious worship.