The Polysemous Mosque: Architecture Mediating the Multicultural City:
Author(s)Cousins Wilson, T.
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AbstractThe Polysemous mosque negotiates the dichotomy between the sacred realm and the secular multicultural city. The project positions itself in Amsterdam’s Bijlmer neighbourhood. Once a Modernist suburb, the Bijlmer has undergone generations of decay and more recently grand gentrification schemes. Acknowledging this, the project activates the desolate honeycomb open-space by introducing civic and sacred programme on the site. The mosque’s typological elements are reinterpreted to facilitate a duality of meaning for the community’s diverse residents.