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Parks for sound mind

The preservation of a sound mind is amongst the foundational principles of AKDN’s ethical code. The loss of sound mind and well-being could lead to a loss of honour, loss of dignity and could impede one’s ability to fulfil one’s responsibility to oneself, to one’s family and to society. 

Sheikh Ibrahim Centre announces the activities of its nineteenth season, including its 18th anniversary

In Bahrain, the Sheikh Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research announced its 19th Cultural Season which will start on 7 October. This season, the centre will host a number of lectures, music and poetry evenings, workshops and exhibitions, and will present names from around the world in Muharraq and Manama. Amongst the important activities that will be organised in November 2019 is the exhibition of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) 2019. The exhibition will provide an overview of the projects nominated for AKAA 2019, including the award winning project - the Revitalisation of Muharraq - among the five other projects.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Forty years with the Islamic Architecture

Since it was launched in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture has occupied a pivotal position in understanding, studying and developing the architecture in the Islamic world, and presenting its achievements in the world. Over the course of fourteen cycles, hundreds of projects were nominated, evaluated, distributed and celebrated, while the best projects were chosen to receive the award. Eventually, the architecture sector, which was totally neglected in the contemporary architectural thought, was converted into a recognised and inevitable contributor to the study of contemporary world of architecture.



"Le parc national est un paradis à ciel ouvert" a dit la ministre Amion Guindo, lors de sa visite

Le 6 octobre à Bamako, le ministre de l'Environnement, de l'Assainissement et du Développement durable, Amion Guindo, a visité le parc national. Très émerveillé, le ministre Guindo a déclaré que le parc national du Mali était "un véritable paradis en plein cœur de Bamako". C’est un cadre idéal pour la tenue de beaucoup d’activités à Bamako. Ferid Nandjee, représentant diplomatique AKDN pour le Mali, a rappelé que le parc national de Bamako était le fruit de la coopération entre l'État malien et le réseau Aga Khan pour le développement.

WCLA to revive "Meet the Expert" sessions from 16 October

The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) is launching the second round of "Meet the Expert" academic sessions from 16 October. The second round will commence with a session at Lahore Fort and the topic under discussion will be the fort’s iconic picture wall. It will include a panel of several experts such as architect Wajhat Ali from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) Pakistan. WLCA Media and Marketing Deputy Director, Tania Qureshi, said the picture wall of the Lahore Fort was selected because it is one of the recently completed conservation projects by WCLA and AKTC Pakistan.

6 Short Films of Aga Khan Winners

In late August the six winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced. Now AKDN has uploaded short videos that feature architects and clients explaining the winning projects. The diverse winning projects in the 14th cycle of AKAA include the revitalization of a World Heritage site, an "amphibious" school, a museum, a programme consisting of hundreds of public space improvements, a university, and an environmental education centre.

Why Palestinian Museum received prestigious architectural award

The Palestinian Museum, which has received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019, combines an ecological design and harmony of landscape. Standing on a hill that looks out over the town of Birzeit, the Palestinian Museum is a cultural oasis whose architecture mimics the surrounding landscape. The museum's hillside gardens and stone walls imitate the stone terraces used in agricultural lands in the Palestinian villages and the building itself is made of limestone quarried locally near Bethlehem.

This school could change the way we think about buildings in Bangladesh. The secret? It floats

Razia Alam and Saif Ul Haque recently won an Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) for the Arcadia Education Project outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. "All the projects I work on are dear to my heart, but this one has brought me so much attention," says Ul Haque. "I always believe a project has to offer something new to make things better – quality of environment, quality of architecture – but Arcadia Education Project presented further things to resolve, which needed a native solution." The AKAA jury described the project as "modest and direct", adding that it "strives to elevate people’s lives, contributes to social and economic development and provides a pathway to solutions for the global issues of rising water levels and access to education in rural communities".