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Style: In Defence of... Islamic Architecture

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Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields

WC2A 3BP

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A series of talks debating one of architecture’s most contested subjects: style. In the fifth event, the architect, writer and commentator, Karl Sharro, defends Islamic Architecture.

Traditional architectural scholarship maintains that there is no Islamic architecture per se – borrowing its domes, minarets and geometric patterns from Roman and Byzantine buildings. In this talk, Karl Sharro argues that this conventional view fails to acknowledge Islamic Architecture’s search for an ideal that projected the values of its culture and religion, one that – unlike like Roman architecture – did not attempt to achieve this through visual uniformity.

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Style: In Defence of... is the second series of talks examining the content and context of style, organised in partnership with Machine Books, the Future Cities Project and series editor, Austin Williams. Across five talks, leading experts defend their chosen style, confronting us with new ideas for contemplation and critique. The 30 minute presentations are followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access isn't straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.

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