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Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers Paperback – July 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0750667968 ISBN-10: 0750667966

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750667966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750667968
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The design principles necessary to create functional and dynamic contemporary mosques can be hard to grasp for those unfamiliar with the Islamic faith. 'Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers' provides an easy-to-use and practical set of guidelines for mosque design, illustrated with 300 line drawings.

Case studies of urban mosques in New York, Washington, Boston, and London and Birmingham amongst others, demonstrate how mosques and Islamic centers have evolved to integrate into the urban scenario. The book also compares tenets from Western and Eastern religious and secular philosophies and discusses their relation to architectural creation, place-making, meaning, and identity. The book shows how mosques fulfill multiple faith-based and social roles through their design; it provides a wide-ranging, basic understanding of Islamic liturgical conventions and secular functions to enable architects, designers, and community advocates to work with confidence.

'Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers' is the first dedicated design guide for mosques and Islamic centers available.

. Features case studies from the USA, UK, and Europe . Explains fundamental principles to make it easy to create viable design solutions for these exacting buildings that fulfi ll a range of social and religious roles.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George T. Macknight on January 29, 2012
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After looking at the little that was revealed by the "Look Inside" and the Table of Contents, I thought wow, this is just the book I was looking for to help me design a Masjid project I'm working on. Well I was wrong. I've read the entire book from cover to cover and it is more of theological discussion than a guide to designing a mosque. I'd hoped for something more akin to a Pattern Language or Timesaver Standards for building types. And while this book was not completely devoid of some practical design criteria, the uninitiated to Mosque design would not fair much better than before they read the book. You won't know anything more about the sequence of entry to a musalla. You will not have any comprehension of what Wudu or be able to design a proper Ablution space. I would not recommend this as a design guide or as a place to go for design criteria for a mosque. If this book were half or a third of the price, then I might recommend it for someone as a secondary research source.
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By arhitero on August 19, 2013
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judging by the title, this should be a very straight forward read if you want to learn more about designing a mosque. Well, the problem is it is either overly vague or overly specific and there is not enough meaningful transitions between the two in the content. This happens in instances like this (paraphrased):

Overly vague: The book has many parts that are bloated, saying very little with a lot of words. These parts are hard to get through as they have unclear writing style and their point is badly stated, if at all.

Overly specific: occasionally there are many user capacity charts, almost like a fragmented Neufert.

When you are done reading this book, you are familiar with the names of the elements of the islamic center, but a very loose idea of how to actually plan them. The images in the e-book are useless due to the low resolution, which is a shame, as they sometimes appear quite informative.

Pricing is an issue too.
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