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ArchNet: globalization and architecture
I am doing this research about "Globalization and Architecture" and I choose my subject about architectural websites. I am specifically looking at the ArchNet website for mre and what is most significant about Archnet? I choose to study ArchNet because it focuses on Islamic architecture and local culture, so I think I need to hear from the administrators about how they chose the contemporary projects in the Digital Library and from the users of the website. Why do you come back here? I am willing to hear from anyone interested.
Ahmad Tahoon
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ArchNet: globalization and architecture
Contemporary projects in the ArchNet Digital Library come primarily from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Archives in Geneva. It is our hope that images and project information would also be submitted by ArchNet members, however, this has not been the case thus far. There are no value judgements on the projects in the Digital Library and they are not screened based on aesthetic criteria. It is indeed our contention that one can learn about architecture from both the sucessses as well as the failures.
Shiraz Allibhai
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
I thank for your interest to respond. Its not aesthetics we are mainly speaking about here I am not taking ArchNet as a case away from its context. I think it is a fruit of the cooperation of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the MIT and I think you know better about that specific issue.

Here is my second wave of questions: Do we have the entire collection of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture on this specific site? If so, I would like to know how this collection is made? On what basis? I know that the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has some points to trigger through ArchNet and its various activities not only the collection and I m trying to point them out directly from the site as a reflection of these ideas. I know I ask too much.
Ahmad Tahoon
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
Ahmad, I am not sure I understand your question and your indiscriminate use of capitals and formatting make it harder to decipher your post. After some editing, I am still not sure what the aim of your question is. If I understand correctly, you are interested in the contemporary images. These mostly come from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and are generated by submissions to the Trust Archive through the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. This by no means represents all of the collection, but rather a selection of images from a majority of the projects including the Hassan Fathy Archives and the Geoffrey Bawa collection. Much has yet to be absorbed including the Trust's own work through its Historic Cities Support Programme. The images of historic monuments come primarily from the Rotch Visual Collections at MIT and the Fine Arts Library at Harvard.
Shiraz Allibhai
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
I suggest that you read my posts once again and here is exactly what I want to know: 1. How do you choose a new project to add to the Digital library as a part of your contemporary projects collection?

The purpose of my question: Does your library of contemprary architecture hold a statement or a specific direction??????!!!!
Ahmad Tahoon
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
No.
Shiraz Allibhai
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
I am not sure if developing a true library that satisfies the needs of different people of different cultures, of different ages, of different professions (under architecture/design) requires a statement. Knowledge needs to be objective! then a specefic direction is left to those who acquire and assimilate that knowledge and utilize it in their work. The library is thus a source of either primary and secondary data or both, and a knowledge resource, and consequently should not reflect a specific position or direction.
Ashraf Salama
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
Yes Ashraf, I agree with you and your point would be totaly right if this site was all about an architectural resource, but that is not the case. ArchNet now holds a responsibility of improving the built enviromrnt in Islamic cities which I really appreciate and that is the part of my question that was unclear or misunderstood.
Ahmad Tahoon
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
Ahmad, this is quite a responsibility you place on ArchNet. I agree that in providing this free resource, one of the aims was to create better informed and knowledgeable architects and planners who would then have a positive impact on the built environment. However, the responsibility still lies in the hands of the educators, policy makers, architects, and planners. ArchNet is a tool and a resource, the real responsibility remains with those who have a hand in shaping our cities to create better environments and improve the quality of life.

Ashraf's statement is right on target.
Shiraz Allibhai
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
I don't know why you think that I have negative image of the site; I think it is more than great. I don't expect it to solve all the problems of our built enviromment. I only say that was the idea behind the site and I think it more prestige to Archnet and I think the collection of contemporary architecture is useless without putting that point in mind, don't you think so ?
Ahmad Tahoon
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
I am not sure what you are reading in my response that makes you think that I believe you have a negetive image. All I am trying to do is answer your questions to the best of my ability. Regarding the contemporary collections, in my opinion there are some good projects and some bad projects, all of them are valuable for learning.
Shiraz Allibhai
ArchNet: globalization and architecture
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