Eric Broug is an author/educator/artist, specialised in Islamic geometric design. He is based in the UK, from where he runs his design consultancy Broug Ateliers Ltd. He has an MA degree in the History of Islamic art and architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. His first book Islamic Geometric Patterns has taught thousands of readers around the world how to draw patterns in the same way craftsmen have done for centuries. It has been published in several languages, including Farsi en Turkish. He has written two other popular books on the same subject. He has been active in Islamic geometric design for over 25 years and is passionate about the issue of quality of Islamic geometric design in contemporary architecture. Eric gives training and lectures around the world and is involved as a consultant in various educational and design projects in the Middle East and elsewhere. He is also the founder of the School of Islamic Geometric Design.
As Diverse as the World is Large: The Exceptional and the Unusual in Mosque Design
Most mosques designs around the world are indebted to one visual heritage or another, but there are also mosques that are harder to categorize. Unique mosques; quite often paid for, and built by local communities, they reflect local tastes and are often the product of locally available design talent. This presentation will explore the amazingly rich variety of these unusual mosques, those that seem to be the exception to the rule. From Algeria to Zanzibar and from the 12th to the 21st century, there is much to discover in the category of mosques that defy categorization.
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