Podcasts - Aga Khan Development Network
Aga Khan Development Network
 


Architecture


Aga Khan Award for Architecture - The Tenth Award Cycle 2005-2007

Central Market, Koudougou, Burkina FasoCentral Market, Koudougou, Burkina Faso
15.6MB - 2mins 26secs
The impact of Koudougou's Central Market is twofold: at the urban scale, it reinforces and enhances the fabric of a mid-sized town, providing a monumental civic space for commercial and social exchange. Find out more

 

Samir Kassir Square, Beirut, LebanonSamir Kassir Square, Beirut, Lebanon
13.8MB - 2mins 11secs
A serene and contemplative space in the heart of downtown Beirut, Samir Kassir Square provides welcome relief from the built-up urban fabric and frenetic pace of the central business district. Find out more

 

Rehabilitation of the City of Shibam, Wadi Hadhramaut, YemenRehabilitation of the City of Shibam, Wadi Hadhramaut, Yemen
15.6MB - 2mins 26secs
The mud-brick high-rise buildings of Shibam cluster in a walled mass that exudes the genius of Yemeni architecture. Find out more

 

University of Technology Petronas, Bandar Seri, Iskandar, MalaysiaUniversity of Technology Petronas, Bandar Seri, Iskandar, Malaysia
15MB - 2 mins 20 secs
The University of Technology Petronas' prototypical built configuration is a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic metaphor for tropical architecture. Find out more

 

Restoration of the Amiriya Complex, Rada, YemenRestoration of the Amiriya Complex, Rada, Yemen
15.2MB - 2 mins 23 secs
The sixteenth century Amiriya complex, extraordinary in both its structure and its decoration, represents one of the richest and most complex architectural styles of Yemen Tahirid dynasty. Find out more

 

Moulmein Rise Residential Tower, SingaporeMoulmein Rise Residential Tower, Singapore
13.6MB - 2 mins 07 secs
This is a residential high-rise in the tropics - with a difference. Instead of relying on mechanical systems for climate control, it borrows low-energy strategies from vernacular housing. Find out more

 

Royal Netherlands Embassy, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaRoyal Netherlands Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
14.8MB - 2 mins 21 secs
The Royal Netherlands Embassy complex lies amidst the urban sprawl on the southern outskirts of Addis Ababa, enclosed within a dense eucalyptus grove. Find out more

 

Rehabilitation of the Walled City, Nicosia, CyprusRehabilitation of the Walled City, Nicosia, Cyprus
14.89MB - 2 mins 20 secs
The representatives of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of Nicosia decided to transcend a tense political situation and take the first steps towards reversing the city's physical decay and economic decline through the catalyst of restoring the historic walled city. Find out more

 

School in Rudrapur, Dinajpur, BangladeshSchool in Rudrapur, Dinajpur, Bangladesh
13.52MB - 2 mins 06 secs
This joyous and elegant two-storey primary school in rural Bangladesh has emerged from a deep understanding of local materials and a heart-felt connection to the local community. Find out more

 

Culture


Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Aga Khan MuseumAga Khan Museum
87MB - 10mns 40secs
The Aga Khan Museum will house collections of approximately 1000 items of Islamic art collected by His Highness the Aga Khan and members of his family.

 
Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia

An Introduction to the Aga Khan Music InitiativeAn Introduction to the Aga Khan Music Initiative
47MB - 9 mins 31 secs
The Aga Khan Music Initiative promotes traditional music as part of a broader programme of development that encompasses the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the Muslim world.

 

Music of Central Asia Vol. 1: Tengir-Too: Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan (Various Artists)Music of Central Asia Vol. 1: Tengir-Too: Mountain Music from Kyrgyzstan (Various Artists)
27MB - 1 min 26 secs
From the mountainous Kyrgyzstan, Jew's harps, fiddles, plucked stringed instruments, and powerful voices transmit the vibrant rhythms of nomadism and the serene atmosphere of the Kyrgyz mountains in a musical language as contemporary as it is ancient.

 

Music of Central Asia vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks (Academy of Maqam)Music of Central Asia vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks (Academy of Maqam)
40MB - 6 mins 29 secs
Amid the mosques and minarets of Samarkand and Bukhara, generations of vocalists set the mystical, Sufi-inspired verse of Hafiz and other classical poets to lyrical melodies, creating a spiritual art music of great refinement and sublime beauty called Shashmaqâm, confirming its important place among the great art music traditions of Eurasia.

 

Music of Central Asia vol. 4: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia (Various Artists)Music of Central Asia vol. 4: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia (Various Artists)
35MB - 5 mins 32 secs
Sublime bel canto lyrical songs, the guttural recitative of nomadic oral poetry, lively humoresques, and poignant laments of unrequited love comprise this panoramic survey of contemporary women’s music from Central Asia performed by some of the region’s leading singers.

 

Music of Central Asia vol. 3: Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubâb (Homayun Sakhi)Music of Central Asia vol. 3: Homayun Sakhi: The Art of the Afghan Rubâb (Homayun Sakhi)
45MB - 6 mins 51 secs
From Kabul to California, Homayun Sakhi is admired as the outstanding Afghan rubâb player of his generation, a charismatic virtuoso who has pushed the limits of his instrument.

 

Music of Central Asia vol. 5: The Badakhshan Ensemble: Song and Dance from the Pamir Mountains (The Badakhshan Ensemble)Music of Central Asia vol. 5: The Badakhshan Ensemble: Song and Dance from the Pamir Mountains (The Badakhshan Ensemble)
36 MB - 5 mins 46 secs
In the majestic Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, poetically called the "Roof of the World", trance-like rhythms and piercing melodies propel these vivid performances of Badakhshani folk songs, dance music, and mystical religious poetry that can embody the spiritual power known as baraka.

 

Music of Central Asia vol. 6: Alim and Fargana Qasimov: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan (Alim and Fargana Qasimov)Music of Central Asia vol. 6: Alim and Fargana Qasimov: Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan (Alim and Fargana Qasimov)
36 MB - 5 mins 50 secs
"To be a musician, there has to be a fire burning in you," declares Alim Qasimov, Azerbaijan’s most beloved traditional singer. In these deeply spiritual recordings of Azeri classical mugham and lyrical bardic songs, Alim merges his own consummate musicianship with that of his talented daughter Fargana, and with the energetic accompaniment of a young ensemble performing on tar, kamancha, balaban, oud, and drums.

 

Music of Central Asia vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and BeyondMusic of Central Asia vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond
35 MB - 5 mins 31 secs
The songs Nodira described with such ardor comprise an extensive repertoire of popular classic music created by generations of talented singer-songwriters. These songs, recorded in intimate performances by some of Uzbekistan’s and Tajikistan’s finest singers, are the focus of the present compilation.

 

Music of Central Asia vol. 8: Rainbow, The Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun SakhiMusic of Central Asia vol. 8: Rainbow, The Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi
47 MB - 7 mins 13 secs
Rainbow emerged from an ambitious process of collaborative creativity that reached across continents and cultures, and across musical categories and conventions.

 

Music of Central Asia vol.9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the MughalsMusic of Central Asia vol.9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals
27 MB - 4 mins 06 secs
"In the month of Ramadan of the year 899 [June 1494] and in the twelfth year of my age, I became ruler in the country of Ferghana." Thus begins the remarkable autobiography of Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur, the precocious Central Asian nobleman whose journey of conquest through Afghanistan and Hindustan – the northern part of the Indian subcontinent – laid the foundation of the Mughal Empire.

 
Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Let the Beauty we Love Be What We Do: A Profile of the Aga Khan Trust for CultureLet the Beauty we Love Be What We Do: A Profile of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
154MB - 34mn 38secs
A film on the projects and activities of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

 

Education


Aga Khan Foundation

The Madrasa Early Childhood ProgrammeThe Madrasa Early Childhood Programme
57.52MB - 7 mins 05 secs
In the early 1980s research suggested that the early development of young children provided the foundation for children's later success in school and life. The Aga Khan Foundation's Madrasa Programme has since grown from a local pre-school involving a few families and teachers to a regional initiative involving hundreds of communities. An AKDN film with some footage courtesy of Red River College.

 

Health


Rebuilding AfghanistanRebuilding Afghanistan's Healthcare Infrastructure
40.12 MB - 5 mins
This film looks at how the training of midwives in Bamyan province is helping address some of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world.

 

Historic Cities Programme


Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Revitalising the Citadels of SyriaRevitalising 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.

 

Al-Azhar Park: A Garden in CairoAl-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/).

 

Environment


Aga Khan Foundation

Building Climate ResilienceBuilding Climate Resilience
117MB - 9mins 47secs
Climate change is affecting everyone – but some of us are feeling its effects more than others.

 

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