Online Resources

Influence of Media

  • On the Media
  • While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years.
  • Since OTM was re-launched in 2001, it has been one of NPR's fastest growing programs, heard on more than 300 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work.

Islamic Gardens

  • – Islamic Design and Islamic Gardens
  • A “collection of notes on areas of personal interest” by John Lockerbie, architect, urban designer and planner, whose main area of professional interest is Islamic design.
  • The Gardens of Islam: Earthly Paradise Revisited – Dr. Safei Hamed
  • Dr. Safei Hamed is a scholar of environmental planning, an educator of landscape architecture, and a consultant of international development, currently serving as Program Director for the Landscape Architecture program at Chatham University, Pittsburgh PA. Professor Hamed has served as a consultant for organizations including: the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, Agency for International Development, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Smithsonian Institute, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Between 1994 and 1997, he worked as an environmental Impacts Specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC.
  • Guide to Research in Islamic Art and Architecture – Harvard Library
  • This research guide is divided into two sections. One section presents online and printed bibliographies, indexes, and other reference works and surveys organized according to subject or artistic medium (e.g. Architecture; Arts of the Book; Ceramics; Metalwork; Museums and Collections, etc.). A separate section presents research tools organized according to geographic or cultural region (e.g. works on the art and architecture of Central Asia; South Asia; Iran; Egypt; Islamic Spain, etc.).
  • Muslim – Book Review of “Islamic Gardens and Landscapes” by D. Fairchild Ruggles
  • This book looks thematically at Islamic gardens and cultivated landscapes, placing them on a continuous spectrum with the city and architecture at one end and nature and wilderness at the other.

Public Art

  • Public Art Network
  • PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.
  • Great Leap
  • GREAT LEAP, Inc., is a Los Angeles-based, multicultural arts organization which uses art as both performance and creative practice to deepen relations among people of diverse cultures and faiths and to transform how we live on the earth.
  • Public Art Review
  • Public Art Review is the leading print publication devoted exclusively to the field of contemporary public art. Published bi-annually for over 20 years, the journal is the premier source for public art information around the world.
  • Creative Time
  • Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Our work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. 
  • Art-Public
  • is a specialized online resource for information and documentation dedicated exclusively to art in the public arena. Its purpose: to create a vast European International online database on public art. 
  • Public Art Dialog
  • Public Art Dialogue (PAD) is an organization devoted to public art. PAD was founded on the premise that dialogue is the essential element in all effective public art endeavors. 


  • Patheos – Hosting the Conversation on Faith
  • Founded in 2008, is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs. Patheos is the website of choice for the millions of people looking for credible and balanced information about religion.
  • The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: U. S. Religious Landscape Survey
  • The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Pew Forum conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.