Architectural patterns from nature: workshop

10 June 2023

10:30 -16:00

Geometer Saba Kafil and Architect Nevine Nasser., who designed the School of Sufi Teaching’s new Zawiya, a centre of learning and meditation, will take workshop participants on a walk of the local area to explore nature as a common theme found in the design of spiritual spaces across different faith and cultural groups and in the design of our city. The new Zawiya in Bethnal Green, East London has used principles of Islamic architectural design taken from nature and cosmology to create a spiritual space inside a historic conservation area. The building design incorporates principles from both Eastern and Western architecture traditions, to represent universal ideas, esoteric realms and the Oneness of creation.
Workshop participants will explore how patterns from nature are interpreted into the architectural detailed design of the Zawiya, resulting in the them creating their own geometric drawing inspired by nature and the Zawiya.

The workshop will begin promptly at 10.30am at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve where participants will be given a brief and programme for the day. At 11.30am the group will walk to the Zawiya located 10 minutes away where the workshop will take place indoors.

No prior experience of geometry drawing is necessary: the workshop will suit all levels. Please bring your own drawing materials with you: A4 and A3 paper, set square, sharp pencils, water colour, colouring pencils, pens. Some materials may be made available on the day.

The programme has been supported by the charities The School of Sufi Teaching and the Trustees of Bethnal Green Nature Reserve Trust. Limited places. 



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Bethnal Green Nature Reserve

Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, London
E2 9RR

Note: aspects of the workshop will be recorded and photographed. There is disabled access to the ground floor only of the School of Sufi Teaching’s zawiya. Participants are asked to wear appropriate walking shoes and coats as the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve is an outdoor venue. Participants will be asked to remove shoes on entering the zawiya. If you have any questions, email or call Saif Osmani on 07915 234 404

Nearest station: Tube: Bethnal Green on the Central Line. Train on Bethnal Green overground.


Wheelchair accessible
Accessible toilet
Quiet Space

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