"Sustainable architecture" is now well known, especially as a reaction to the risks inherent in climate change, but the Aga Khan Award for Architecture has been giving out its prize to projects that are good for people and the planet for at least 40 years.
The Touchstones of Identity: Preserving World Heritage
The Shahi Guzargah in Lahore, Pakistan -- the ceremonial route of Mughal...
From Mali to Malaysia, AKHCP’s urban regeneration projects have helped transform historic cities and the lives of countless numbers of people. Overall, AKTC has worked on over 350 restoration and conservation projects in 11 countries, including 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and created 10 major parks and gardens that have been visited by over 50 million people. AKHCP’s work, which has received over 18 major awards and is now recognised as the highest standard in restoration, is also helping shape government policy on the value of historic urban centres and the role of culture in strengthening identity and instilling hope.
The Silk Road: A living history exhibited at Kings Cross
From 8 April to 16 June, in London’s Kings Cross, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is presenting a free open-air photography exhibition about the world’s oldest trade route. The Silk Road: A Living History, created by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer, is comprised of over 160 photographs that invite the viewer to take a journey from London to Beijing, encountering many of the people, places and cultures along the ancient trade route.
Ensuring long-term preservation: Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, Hyderabad, India
Restoration of ribs on the dome of Abdullah Qutb Shah's mausoleum....
Since 2013, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in partnership with the Department of Heritage Telangana, has been undertaking conservation works on all monuments along with holistic landscape development of the 106-acre Qutb Shahi Heritage Park. Eight years of dedicated effort to conserve the historic monuments and step-wells, and restore the landscape including pathways, water bodies and green spaces covered with grass and fruit trees has reinstated the original grandeur envisaged by the Qutb Shahi builders.
Providing vocational training to young Afghans
Courses in carpentry, wood carving and production of architectural...
In Kabul, Jangalak Vocational Training Centre – part of the Aga Khan Cultural Services in Afghanistan – was established in 2015 to improve people's livelihoods through the provision of vocational training opportunities, especially amongst youth. Training of young men and women between the ages of 15 and 25 has focused on those vocations connected to Afghanistan’s rich material and crafts history, such as woodcarving, carpet weaving, tailoring, carpentry, embroidery, wooden model-making, traditional Jali screen-making, tile making and Rubab making.