Bringing Islamic Geometric Design to Hong Kong – An Introduction
In search of the essence of Mughal Architecture
(The Proportional System of the Monument of Love Taj Mahal – Agra)
‘….The transcendent world is the world of loveliness and beauty, and the source of loveliness and beauty is harmony (tanasub). All that is harmonious manifests the beauty of that world, for all loveliness, beauty and harmony that is observable in this world is the result of the loveliness and beauty of that world…. ’
Alchemy of Happiness (Kimiya-yi-Sa’adat)
Chapter on ‘Listening to Music – Samaa’
The talk and slide show aims to present, what has for the most part remained a mystery, namely the design methods used to achieve the sublime beauty of some of the best known and loved masterpieces of Mughal Architecture. One of these masterpieces, the Taj Mahal (1632-43AD) would be the focus of this presentation.
The presentation would specially focus on methods of proportioning in Mughal Architecture achieved through the use of geometry. As context it would be argued that classical architecture has to be viewed as any other classical art form with a given grammar, vocabulary and concept of beauty. Some of the known architects of the period would also be briefly introduced.
Taimoor Khan Mumtaz is senior architect at Kamil Khan Mumtaz Architects in Lahore. The firm is founded and run by the famous Pakistani architect, conservationist, and educator Prof. Kamil Khan Mumtaz.
Taimoor Khan Mumtaz trained as an architect at the NCA in Lahore, he gained an MA in South Asian Design and Architecture (MAPRASADA) from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.
He is also the founding director of Hast-o-Neest – Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts – in Lahore, which promotes the research and study of traditional art and culture.