The symposium's keynote lecture was delivered by Michel Abboud, principal of SOMA, and architectural consultant for New York's Park51 Islamic Cultural Centre, who presented his practice's designs for the highly contested Manhattan cultural project, outlining the context, design, programme and the social and political landscape that is necessarily negotiated within this sensitive design process.
Abboud was in conversation with Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster, cultural critic and Visiting Professor, School of Arts, City University, London. This was the first time visuals of the project's interior programme was presented to a public audience.
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