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The Whittier Mosque

Irfana Hashmi, Sonia Chaidez, Amber Rosas, Laura Van Druten, Jarrett Wright, Sayal Shahi, Julie Mauk, Amer Rashid, Ryan Tessman, Anne Cong-Huyen, Ahmad Al Bunnia, Authors

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The Scenario

“A work of architecture must be part of the bustle and turmoil, the ebb and flow of everyday life; it must relate harmoniously to the rhythm of the universe, and it must be consonant with man’s current stage of knowledge in the human and the mechanical sciences, and in their inseparable relationship within planning and architectural design.”
– Hassan Fathy, Architecture and the Environment

The Whittier Mosque is a two-part collaborative final project for Islam and the City.

The Muslim community in Whittier, California purchased the empty plot of land pictured above in January 2015. The plot of land reserved for the mosque is approximately 2,000 square feet. In February 2015, the Community Board invited you, along with other local urban planning professionals and architects from the community, to propose a design solution for the Whittier Mosque.

Step One: Pitching a Design Solution
You and one other student will form a team and develop a proposal for the Whittier Mosque. As per the Board’s specifications, the Mosque must include standard features of the iconic mosque:

• prayer niche or mihrab (traditionally faces the qibla or Mecca)
• pulpit or minbar
• and minaret
• ablution stalls

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