Al-Azhar Park: A Garden in Cairo 23.68MB - 4 min 38secs In 1984, His Highness the Aga Khan announced his decision to finance the creation of a park for the citizens of the Egyptian capital. The only central location that was of suitable scale was the derelict Darassa site, a 30-hectare (74-acre) mound of rubble that had been a debris dump for 500 years. Al-Azhar Park, undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, has since proven to be both a popular open space for the people of Cairo and a powerful catalyst for urban renewal in the neighbouring district of Darb al-Ahmar -- once one of the poorest districts in Cairo. This video, narrated by Brad Pitt, is a shorter version of a film that appeared on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the United States in 2008. For more information, please see PBS.org or "Season Three" of the e2 series (http://www.e2-series.com/).
Revitalising the Citadels of Syria 90.71MB - 10 mns 59 secs From 1999 to 2007, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) undertook conservation work on the citadels of Aleppo, Salah ad-Din and Masyaf.