Sam Little

2016 winner


Sam Little travelled to Iran to study a number of the Seljuk towers and minarets that remain standing throughout various provinces of central Iran. These minarets were built by the Seljuk Empire in the 11th and 12th Centuries AD, a volatile time in religious and sectarian history, for cultural, political and infrastructural purposes. Spanning an expanse from India to Anatolia, they marked out key points in the landscape on the Silk Road between east and west, a role they still occupy today. Sam’s study of the minarets included investigating the specificity to their site, individual traits and characteristics, their imaginative use of brickwork and construction. Also looking at how over time they have supported, cohered and informed the nature of buildings and people around them.




Sam Little




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