CMES Partners with Critical Landscapes Design Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Design

August 3, 2020
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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to become a research partner with the Critical Landscapes Design Lab, affiliated with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Directed by CMES Steering Committee member Gareth Doherty, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program at GSD, the Lab has research partners across the University, including the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and the Center for African Studies. Through various forms of fieldwork, the Lab engages directly with diverse audiences, sites, and issues, and in the process expands theories and practices of landscape architecture. The Lab’s current and recent projects include the Atlas for a City-Region: Imagining the Post-Brexit Landscapes of the Irish Northwest; Sacred Groves and Secret Parks: Orisha Landscapes in Brazil and West Africa; and After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula.