The largest adobe building in the world is located Djenné, Mali. Built in 1907 and towering above the town’s central square, the Great Mosque of Djenné is a prime example of Western Sudanic architecture.
To many Americans, Afghanistan is abstract: a place of hostility and violence, war-torn and ruined. Historically, the country is a vibrant place along the Silk Road, a cultural intersection of the Hellenistic world.
This month I gave a presentation at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage about Georgia, the country I am from. I tried hard but could not share everything I wanted to about Georgian culture in forty minutes.
As you enter the reception area of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, a distinctively carved limestone block anchors the far edge of the seating area. It is, in fact, a beautifully carved Welsh apex stone.
Architects and architecture seem especially well suited to the cinema. Think of the final scene of The Fountainhead(1949), with architect Howard Roark (played by Gary Cooper) standing triumphantly atop the skyscraper he has designed and built without compromising his integrity.