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Conference: After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces

08 April 9:00am - 5:00pm
Organized by: Harvard GSD
Venue: Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium
Harvard Grad School of Design
48 Quincy St

Conference: “After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula”


In the Arabian Peninsula, public spaces are often most used after darkness falls, and the temperature along with it. This symposium explores typologies of nocturnal landscapes common in the Arabian Peninsula and in locales with similar hot climates. During this interdisciplinary event, we will ask who uses night-time landscapes and public spaces, what activities are peculiar to the night, and, ultimately, how to design for life after dark. Organized by Gareth Doherty, assistant professor of landscape architecture, and William Granara, director, Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Supported by the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture.