Actions of MIT’s 15th president have ‘grown to inspire generations,’ Reif says.
Designed by architect Bernardo Bader with a prayer space conceived by ACT Assistant Professor Azra Akšamija, the cemetery provides a place for Islamic funerals while celebrating the cultural diversity of Austria. This cemetery is the first of its kind in the region of Vorarlberg and the second one in the country. Previously, the Muslim population would have to send their dead overseas to receive the traditional burial. Inspired by the idea of the primordial garden — a recurring theme across religions — the cemetery answers a critical need in Islamic practice through a “culturally sensitive aesthetic that is simultaneously local, Islamic, and European.”
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