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2012 Highlights

Ali Mangera

9 May 2012

Politics of Space

Ali Mangera is founder partner of the London-Barcelona based architectural practice Mangera Yvars Architects. Mangera Yvars is currently working on projects for Qatar University, The Salaam Centre, North Harrow and designed the experimental (unbuilt) mosque at Abbey Mills.

Abstract: Making the suburban sacred: creating the Salaam Centre in Harrow

Suburbs are popularly portrayed as monotonous, materialist and secular. However recent work on London’s new suburban faith spaces by UCL’s Claire Dwyer suggests a more complex understanding of the heterogenous transnational geographies shaping suburban space. These arguments are explored in discussion with Ali Mangera (Mangera Yvars Architects) about his plans for the Salaam Centre, in Harrow, north-West London. Commissioned by a ShiaIthna’ashari Muslim community, the new centre fuses innovative Islamic designs, environmental sustainability and modern architecture in its reinvention of the idea of a mosque offering a shared and open space to a wider community. Mangera’s designs also engage explicitly and creatively with Harrow’s vernacular suburban geography.