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Islamic gardens between restoration and replacement

conference contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Inji Kenawy
Architecture is considered the visible reflection of the local character of contexts. Therefore, conserving the architectural heritage is becoming one of the critical concepts in life, especially with the rapid change and transformation characterizing the globalization era. As a vital part of the broader context of the architecture; landscape architecture is also considered an effective tool of societies’ self representation. Gardens reflect a very special relationship between the man and nature and represent the history of the state of societies in which they were developed. Islamic gardens are one of the historic gardens having a special charm of their own. Gardens associated with Islamic period over several hundred years, are designed according to certain ideological principles employing certain physical elements shown in the west as well as the east. They represent an ideological continuity which is unique in its spread and development over a wide range of geographical and cultural regions. The Islamic architectural heritage is usually well protected. In the restoration process, the historic buildings are returned back to their original conditions. However, with the changing nature of gardens; it is sometimes hard to track back their original state. In that case, in order to conserve those gardens; it is important to study the design principles upon which the physical elements were chosen. In this paper, the principles of design of the original Islamic gardens will be reviewed through a quantitative analysis of a questionnaire. These principles will be compared to the current situation of the garden of Humayun’s Tomb built in the Mughal era in India, after its conservation in 2003.

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Event

Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia International Conference : Architecture @ the Edge (2011 : Geelong, Vic.)

Pagination

144 - 152

Publisher

Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building

Location

Geelong, Vic.

Place of publication

Geelong, Vic.

Start date

2011-09-18

End date

2011-09-21

ISBN-13

9780958192552

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2011, Inji Kenawy

Editor/Contributor(s)

H Elkadi, L Xu, J Coulson

Title of proceedings

AASA 2011 : Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia : Architecture @ the Edge

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