Faith in the City: Book Launch

Weds 27 July 2011 9.30-11am

A morning launch event offering a first opportunity to view and purchase the Faith In The City publication, and to engage with the ongoing debate over the place and politics of religion in a secular urban fabric, alongside a range of invited speakers. Informal conversation will be led by James Pallister, Senior Editor, Architects' Journal, and an Openvizor documentary on the symposium will be screened for the first time. Morning refreshments will be served.

Launch Format:

09.30 – Arrivals, drinks and refreshments
10.00 – Introduction from Sarah Ichioka
10.05 – Premiere screening of Openvizor's Faith In the City documentary (18mins)
10.25 – Discussion, led by James Pallister, Senior Editor, Architects' Journal
11.00 – End

The book documents and critically expands upon the AF's November 2010 symposium, Faith in the City: The Mosque in the Contemporary Urban West, featuring new essays by Lukas Feireiss, Foreign Architects Switzerland and Professor Nasser Rabbat amongst many other notable contributors. It is edited by Justin Jaeckle and Füsun Türetken, and designed by Åh Studio.

Publication Contents:

Introduction - Sarah Ichioka
Mosques and the Western Claim of Secularism - Dr Nasser Rabbat
Islam in Contemporary Urban Britain: Building For and With Multiculturalism - Dr Noha Nasser
Case Unbuilt: Abbey Mills, London, UK
The Mega Mosque - Ali Mangera
Client Matters. Islamic Religious Buildings at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century – Lukas Feireiss
Case Built: Islamic Forum Penzberg, Germany
Islamic Forum Penzberg, Germany - Ursula Baus
Case Speculative: Competition for an Islamic Centre, Zurich, Switzerland
Another Shitty Day in Paradise - Foreign Architects Switzerland
The Architect as Social Interpreter - Cihan Bugdaci and Ergün Erkoçu
Case Pending: Park51, New York, USA
The Architecture of Park51: From Controversy to Resolution - Michel Abboud
Conclusion - Justin Jaeckle

Supported by Openvizor and the Art Council's Arts & Islam programme.

Books are priced at £5 + P&P (UK)

To pre-order the book online, please visit