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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:38 pm    Post subject: Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s 13th Cycle (2014 – 2016) Reply with quote

Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s 13th Cycle Announced

Geneva, 16 October, 2015 – The Aga Khan Award for Architecture today announced the members of the Steering Committee for the Thirteenth Award Cycle (2014 – 2016).

Established in 1977, the Award is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

The Steering Committee is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The other members of the Steering Committee are: David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates, London; Mohammad al-Asad, Chairman, CSBE, Amman; Francesco Bandarin, Professor, Università Iuav di Venezia, Venice; Hanif Kara, Professor, Design Director and Co-Founder, AKTII, London; Kamil Merican, Principal Designer and CEO, GDP Architects, Kuala Lumpur; Azim Nanji, Special Advisor, Aga Khan University, Nairobi; Gülru Necipoğlu, Director, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University, Cambridge; Brigitte Shim, Partner, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Toronto; and Yu Kongjian, Founder and Dean, Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University, Beijing. Farrokh Derakhshani is the Director of the Award.

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Master Jury Announced for 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture


Independent Master Jury Will Select Recipients of US$ 1 Million Prize

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Biographies of the 2016 Master Jury Members
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Geneva, 6 January 2016 – The members of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today. The Jury, which independently selects the recipients of the US$ 1 million Award, will convene in January 2016 to select a shortlist from hundreds of nominated projects. The shortlisted projects will then be subject to rigorous on-site reviews by independent experts. The Jury will meet for a second time in June 2016 to examine the on-site reviews and then select the final recipients of the Award.

The nine members of the Master Jury for the 2014-2016 Award cycle are:

Suad Amiry, Founder, Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, Ramallah
Emre Arolat, Founder, EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, Istanbul
Akeel Bilgrami, Sydney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York
Luis Fernàndez-Galiano, Editor, Architectura Viva, Madrid
Hameed Haroon, Chief Executive Officer, Herald Publications, Karachi
Lesley Lokko, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge
Dominique Perrault, Founder, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris
Hossein Rezai, Director, Web Structures, Singapore
For more information, please see the biographies of Master Jury members.

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19 projects shortlisted for 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Geneva, Switzerland, 9 May 2016 – The 19 shortlisted projects for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today. The projects, which were selected by the Master Jury from amongst 348 projects nominated for the 13th Award cycle, will be competing for US$ 1 million in prize money.

The 19 projects are now undergoing rigorous investigations by on-site reviewers – architects, conservation specialists or structural engineers themselves – who visit and evaluate each project first-hand. Their reports are the basis for the Master Jury’s selection of the eventual winners.

For a full on-line press kit, which includes briefs on each project, high resolution images, broadcast-quality video (for use by television stations and websites) and other information, please see www.akdn.org/2016Award.

The 19 projects are:

AZERBAIJAN

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Three Iranian projects competing for Aga Khan Award for Architecture | Tehran Times

The projects are the Manouchehri House in the central Iranian city of Kashan, the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge and the 40 Knots House, both located in Tehran.

The Manouchehri House is a restored 19th century merchant home, which has been converted into a boutique hotel and textile center by Akbar Helli. The house belonged to Saba Manouchehri Kashani.

The house also contains textile workshops for brocade, silk, cotton and velvet weaving. In addition, it is home to one of the city’s finest dining establishments, a contemporary art gallery, a handicraft shop and a subterranean movie house.

The Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge is a huge infrastructure that connects two parks separated by a highway in northern Tehran. The bridge has become a popular urban space since it was completed in 2014.

The 270-meter-long curved bridge was designed by Leila Araqian and was implemented by Nosazi Abbasabad Co.

The 40 Knots House is a five-storey building that has been nominated for the award for its façade constructed by bricks based on a Persian carpet design. The structure has been designed by Habibeh Majdabadi and Alireza Mashhadi-Mirza.

Source: Tehran Times

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Aga Khan Award for Architecture Special Edition - TheIsmaili.org

Special Edition: May 2016

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016: Shortlisted Projects Announced

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016: Shortlisted Projects Announced

The 19 shortlisted projects for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced earlier this month. The projects, which were selected by the Master Jury from amongst 348 projects nominated for the 13th Award cycle, will be competing for US$1 million in prize money.

The 19 projects are now undergoing rigorous investigations by on-site reviewers – architects, conservation specialists or structural engineers themselves – who visit and evaluate each project first-hand. Their reports are the basis for the Master Jury’s selection of the eventual winners.


His Highness the Aga Khan on the Award for Architecture

Thirty years ago, as the eye ranged across most of the developing world, it was difficult to find new construction that reflected in its design a concern much less an understanding of the social, cultural, or in some cases, even the climatic context in which it was built.

I was particularly disturbed to find this in the Islamic world, given its historical record of architectural achievement and the special place that architecture has played in the aesthetics and spiritual expression of its cultures. The gap between past accomplishment and current practice was massive. This recognition led to the establishment of the Award.

– Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Presentation Ceremony, Syria

About the Award for Architecture

History of the Award This is the 13th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which began in 1977.

Since the award's inception, 110 projects have won. The prize fund currently stands at US$1 million. The Chairman’s award has only been given 4 times.

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Award Eligibility There are no fixed criteria for the type, nature, location, or cost of projects to be considered, although eligible projects must be designed for or used by Muslims.

All types of building projects may be submitted from bus stops to sky scrapers.

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Previous Winners Recipients of the Award span the globe and are composed of many famous sites and landmarks.

Winners of note include The Old City of Jerusalem, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, the Kuwait Towers in Kuwait City and the Nubian MuseumAswan.

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The 2016 Shortlisted Projects

AZERBAIJAN


New Power Station, Baku


As part of the regeneration of an old industrial area, a new building echoes a recently restored power station beside it.

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BANGLADESH






Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka


Ventilation and the play of light make this neighbourhood mosque a refuge for spirituality.

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BANGLADESH






Friendship Centre, Gaibandha


A rural training centre inspired by one of the country’s oldest urban archaeological sites.

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CHINA






Micro Yuan’er, Beijing


A small-scale project that enriches bonds amongst communities and revives Hutong life.

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DENMARK






Superkilen, Copenhagen


A public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture.

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IRAN






Manouchehri House, Kashan


The combined reinvigoration of the architectural and craft-work heritage in an old city has sparked a broader revitalisation.

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IRAN






Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran


Infrastructure that connects two parks has become a popular urban space.

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IRAN






40 Knots House, Tehran


Innovative low-cost techniques that reinterpret traditional brick facades.

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JORDAN






Royal Academy for Nature Conservation, Ajloun


An abandoned quarry serves as catalyst for an imaginative intervention providing educational programmes and visitor facilities.

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KOSOVO






Bunateka Libraries, Various Locations


A series of public libraries for disadvantaged youth in rural areas.

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LEBANON






Issam Fares Institute, Beirut


A new building, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context, "floats" above an exterior courtyard.

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MOROCCO






Guelmim School of Technology, Guelmim


A powerful architecture, playing with the contrast between inside and outside, achieves the dignity essential to educational institutions.

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MOROCCO






Casa-Port New Railway Station, Casablanca


A dynamic transport hub that anticipates the needs of the city of the future.

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NIGERIA






Makoko Floating School, Lagos


An alternative building system that provides space for education and cultural programmes in Africa’s coastal regions.

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QATAR






Doha Tower, Doha


The varying patterns of the exterior envelope of this office tower evoke mashrabiyya, and serve as protection from the sun.

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SAUDI ARABIA






King Fahad National Library, Riyadh


An imaginative expansion that doubles available space and provides a new skin for an existing structure.

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SENEGAL






Thread: Artist Residency and Cultural Centre, Sinthian


An ecologically sensitive meeting place demonstrates how art and architecture can be part of rural life.

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SPAIN






Nasrid Tower Restoration, Huercal-Overa


A restoration enhanced by modern design elements and sensitivity towards its built and natural environment.

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SPAIN






Ceuta Public Library, Ceuta


Incorporating an archaeological site as a key feature of the building, this library has become a cultural landmark.

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The Aga Khan Shortlist Exemplifies Social Architecture

http://www.azuremagazine.com/article/aga-khan-shortlist/


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The shortlist for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which includes a floating school in Nigeria, a series of micro-libraries in Kosovo, and an artist’s centre in Senegal, demonstrates how great design and social good go hand in hand.

On Saturday, members of the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, including Hanif Kara, Azim Nanji and Brigitte Shim, gathered at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto to celebrate the shortlist of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The 19 projects were presented in short films, grouped together by theme.

Indeed, many of these stellar buildings have much in common, whether they balance preservation and modernization, local fabrication and innovative techniques, and social and environmental aspects. As Brigitte Shim, also a founding partner of Toronto firm Shim-Sutcliffe, noted, the projects also show how architecture can be a collaboration among non-profits, activist architects and communities.

Inside the Thread Centre
Inside the Thread Centre in Sinthian, Senegal, by Toshiko Mori

Among the projects shortlisted for the US$1-million prize, which will be announced in June, is the Makoko floating school by Kunlé Adeyemi, who based his design on the stilt-supported homes on water of the Makoko community in Lagos. Local fabrication techniques also inspired Toshiko Mori’s Thread artists centre in Sinthian, Senegal, although its undulating roof and offset brick lattice-work facade balance the thatched roof and tiled vernacular with a modern rigour. In Kosovo and in Beijing, two projects meant to accommodate children also got nods: the Bunateka libraries and the Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library & Art Centre.

AREP and Groupe 3 Architectes designed the Casa-Port New Railway Station for Casablanca. The building, which opened in 2014, lets light in through a hypostyle roof with generous skylights.
AREP and Groupe 3 Architectes designed the Casa-Port New Railway Station for Casablanca. The building, which opened in 2014, lets light in through a hypostyle roof with generous skylights.

Larger projects, like Tehran’s Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge and the Casa-Port New Railway Station for Casablanca turn major infrastructure works – in essence, thoroughfares – into places where people can congregate and hang out. The shortlist also includes big names: Zaha Hadid Architects’ Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, in Beirut, with its cantilevered form hovering over a public square; and Atelier Jean Nouvel’s Doha Tower in Qatar, with its high-tech mashrabbiya envelope filtering in light and shadow. BIG also made the shortlist with its Superkilen park in Copenhagen, inspired by the various ethnic groups that inhabit the neighbourhood.

Friendship Center, in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, was designed by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury / URBANA and completed for the Friendship NGO in 2011. It is a rural training centre inspired by one of the country's oldest urban archeological sites.
Friendship Center, in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, was designed by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury / URBANA and completed for the Friendship NGO in 2011. It is a rural training centre inspired by one of the country’s oldest urban archeological sites.

At the event on Saturday, George Baird, who along with Shim and fellow panelist Aziza Chaouni, are also professors at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, noted that the Aga Khan Award has always empahisized the social and environmental aspects of architecture – long before many other awards programs. And that influence is now clear – it can be seen in the choice of Alejandro Aravena as this year’s Pritzker Prize recipient.
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Award-Winning Floating School Collapses Following Heavy Rain

The award winning, Aga Khan-shortlisted Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria has collapsed, reports Nigerian news website NAIJ.com. Torrential rainfall brought down the structure on Tuesday, though, fortunately, no casualties were reported.

Designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi (of NLÉ) and built in collaboration with Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Community and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) in 2013, the three-level A-frame school accommodated over 100 school children and their teachers in Makoko, a settlement built over water in the Lagos Lagoon.

After three years of use, the school was decommissioned in March to make way for upgrades, and students relocated to another building, according to a statement from NLÉ. The architects, community, and potential stakeholders were already in the process of considering upgrading the structure with a new iteration of the structure, MFS II, which is currently on view at the Venice Architectural Biennale and received the Silver Lion award for a Promising Young Participant last week.

Kunlé Adeyemi had this to say:


NLÉ and Makoko community greatly appreciate the concern and support received from so many people following the news alarm about Makoko Floating School. We are glad there were no casualties in what seemed like an abrupt collapse. The prototype had served its purpose in time and we look forward to the reconstruction of the improved version amongst other greater developments of the community.

http://www.curbed.com/2016/6/8/11887760/makoko-floating-school-collapse-nle-nigeria
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Where and when will be the Award ceremonies for this round?
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Ya Ali Madad.
If the awards held in a country worth visiting by us.Can a groups of Ismailis get to attend the award ceremony? How does one get invite or passes of it? I wish that Iran or Azerbaijan to host such in near future.
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It is all by invitation, very difficult to get in. Sometimes miracles happen, it all depends on the mercy of Imam. I have seen and met people who travelled thousands of km just to have a glimpse of the hand of the Imam giving blessings though the tinted window of his car for a split seconds and they were happy.
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture announces winning projects for 2016
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TheIsmaili.org

3 October 2016

Connectivity between people, adapting to new contexts and responding to climate challenges stand out as notable themes among the winners of the 13th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The six recipient projects were announced in Abu Dhabi today, along with the venue of the award ceremony.

Abu Dhabi, 3 October 2016 — The winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today at a press conference held in the United Arab Emirates. Blurring conventional boundaries, the six recipient projects from five countries offer creative responses to contemporary issues.

Also see:
» AKDN: 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture recipients announced
» Profiles of the 2016 AKAA winners
» About the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The Award will be presented at a ceremony to be held in November at the Al Jahili fort in Al-Ain. The venue was announced by His Excellency Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and a member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.

In this 13th cycle of the Award, the Master Jury “embraced the notion of plurality, exploring not just projects in diverse contexts but the boundaries of the discipline itself, recognising that new knowledge sometimes emerges in the lines between categories,” according to their written statement.

Connectivity between people, adapting to new contexts and responding to climate challenges are notable themes among the winning projects.

The three-level Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge in Tehran is a three-dimensional truss that curves its way between two green spaces across a busy highway. Respectful of its natural surroundings, the bridge’s columns mimic the arboreal form and at one end the structure opens up to permit trees to grow through it. But the bridge itself is also a place of gathering and respite, offering restaurants and seating areas that make it a popular destination rather than simply a connecting structure.

“The apparent reinterpretation of the original brief, which called for a straightforward connection between two parks, has transformed a ‘bridge’ into a ‘destination’,” says the Master Jury. “Inviting people to congregate, interact and appreciate the vista in every direction, the bridge has become a promenade and one of the most successful public spaces in modern Tehran.”

In Copenhagen, the Superkilen park wedges itself into a socially challenged neighbourhood that is predominantly Muslim and increasingly diverse. Drawing on themes of gardens and amusement parks, the whimsical green space incorporates pedestrian and cycle paths that connect the neighbourhood with important traffic arteries. Public lighting enhances security, and the inclusion of 108 objects from 62 countries — such as a fountain from Morocco, chess tables from Sofia and basketball hoops from Mogadishu — offers newly arrived families connections with places from their pasts.

“Living with people who differ – racially, ethnically, religiously or economically – is the most urgent challenge facing contemporary civil society,” reads the Jury citation. The architects did not regard diversity as a problem, “but rather as a tool in a fluid, creative process that allowed the park to become both a powerful marker of identity and a subtle cultural mediator for the residents of this historically challenged neighbourhood.”

In the flood-prone flatlands of rural Bangladesh, permanent structures are normally built 2.4 metres above the ground — at significant cost. The Friendship Centre training facility in Gaibandha didn’t have that kind of budget; instead the architects surrounded it with an earthen embankment. This presented challenges — such as an absence of horizontal light — but also opportunities.

“An attention to detail, to the human scale, is expressed in the simplicity of the well-designed furniture, in the creation of a series of small pavilions and reflecting pools, and in the landscaping elements,” reads the Jury citation. “All help to create a friendly atmosphere, supporting the building’s function of empowering a marginalised rural community living on a precarious floodplain.”

Rainwater is collected in tanks and absorbed by green covered earthen rooftops that also act as insulators. Mindful of the seismic zone in which it is situated, the builders sensibly reinforced the structure with concrete.

The other winning projects are the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre in Beijing, China; and the Issam Fares Institute in Beirut, Lebanon. Profiles and photographs of all the projects can be found at the Aga Khan Development Network website.

Mawlana Hazar Imam established the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully addressed the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence. Over the past 39 years, prizes have been given to 116 projects across the world, from France to China.

A monograph for the 2016 Award will be published by Lars Müller Publishers in November. Titled Architecture and Plurality, it includes essays on issues raised by the Master Jury’s selections of the shortlist and the winning projects.

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Hanif Kara looks back on four decades of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture




Elisha Nathoo




3 October 2016







As the winners of the 13th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced, TheIsmaili.org’s Elisha Nathoo sat down with Professor Hanif Kara, a member of the Steering Committee to talk about what the Award has achieved in the nearly four decades since it was established.








Also see:
» Aga Khan Award for Architecture announces winning projects for 2016
» Sustainability over spectacle (Part 1) and (Part 2)
» AKDN: Profiles of the 2016 AKAA winners
» About the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

A practicing structural engineer, design director and co-founder of ACT II, a London-based engineering firm, Kara is also a professor in the Practice of Architectural Technology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 2011 he was the first engineer to become a judge for the annual RIBA Stirling Prize and has been a review panel member of the National Centres of Competence in Research at ETH Zurich since 2015. He has also served in previous cycles of the Aga Khan Award as a technical reviewer and a master juror.

Elisha Nathoo (TheIsmaili): Forty years ago, why in your view did Mawlana Hazar Imam establish the Aga Khan Award for Architecture?

Hanif Kara (HK): There was a core recognition that architecture matters beyond providing shelter. It shows societies’ intentions. It makes life better and has an astonishing power to balance nature and man’s effect on it, the individual and community, and past and present. [Mawlana Hazar Imam] often reminds us still that some form of destruction or construction was continuously taking place daily throughout the Muslim world — the implication of which is that we are always building, and the built environment is therefore very important.

Uniting the ummah through architecture and improving quality of life are among the key objectives of the manifesto of the Award. As we know; improving the built environment is one of the fastest ways to improve quality of life. Our environment shapes us all in different ways — from what we sleep in, educate in, shop in, pray in — whilst underscoring our technologies civilisations, identity and cultures. So an award that recognises great icons through to schools and small shelter would add value to Muslim communities and society at large.

TheIsmaili: What has the Award achieved in that time?

HK: The AKAA is considered to be one of — if not the most — important awards in the field of architecture due to its ethos towards the built environment, multi-disciplinary approach and level of rigour. The Award thinks long term, so by looking at it through its achievements over the last 40 years we can get a much better measure... undeniably it has played a big role in changing not only architecture, but societies and influenced our progress as a community.

If we examine the smaller winners from this cycle like the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque and the Friendship Centre (both in Bangladesh) you will see that the quality of construction through a deliberate simplicity is incredible — which is related to the quality of life of those who use these buildings, but also those who designed and made them, and the nation as a whole.

We all know that wellness of the mind and body is connected to space. I think Mawlana Hazar Imam, almost as far as 40 years ago, wanted to set standards of quality through examples that would inspire designers, builders and clients alike in the Muslim world. Sharing good projects for the Award allowed us to build strong foundations and benchmarks to build upon every cycle.

The Award raises the standard of education in general. Not long after it was established, the graduate programmes addressing the built environment at MIT and Harvard were started. There is also a set dissemination plan to academic institutions around the world through online literature, publications, talks, and seminars.

As a result of the rigorous selection process, an extensive database has been built up. This database at www.archnet.org is openly available for public use. So much data has been collected about how buildings behave, urban contexts, Islam and Muslim societies. The history of certain parts of the world can been tracked and mapped out, like in Aleppo for example.

The Award is not only illuminating architecture as a practice but enhancing the whole basis on which architecture should be developed. It’s not just a discipline, nor is it just a science, nor just an art; it’s a way of life. It’s achieved a lot for academia, for the people of the countries where projects have won the award and for the people who have won it. These practitioners then go on to become great architects and advocates for the way we think and the way in which architecture matters at social and political levels too.

TheIsmaili: How does the Award speak to the values of Islam?

HK: Time and time again the Awards demonstrate through wider goals the ethic of inclusivity and diversity as a strength. This cycle illustrates these principles in many ways whilst showcasing pluralism in the context of architecture.

Coincidentally three out of the five winning projects in this cycle have been designed by women. What we see explicitly is inclusivity, which is not forced or artificial. Diversity can be seen through the variety of projects in terms of typology, end users, scale and context. For example, this cycle the winners range from a mosque in Bangladesh, a very small library in China to two major infrastructural projects: Superkilen in Copenhagen and a bridge in Iran. Diversity is also reflected in the wide range of professionals involved in the selection and review process, and their educational and cultural backgrounds.

The park in Copenhagen encourages social cohesion through a noble civic purpose giving a sense of oneness — ownership is between young and old from 60 different communities that live, play and socialise there. The bridge project in Iran has transformed the way of life for people by generating interaction and exchange. It encourages you to visit it as a destination and stay — not just pass through — which is phenomenally different to how a bridge is normally conceived and used.

TheIsmaili: How does the Award stay current and relevant?

HK: I think it’s an interesting time: with so much disruption in societies with a majority Muslim population, and the destruction of symbolic architectures of significance to Muslims in places like Syria and Afghanistan. Projects like Superkilen and the Cemetery (2013 cycle) that are for Muslim communities — which are a minority in the population they live — is a new dimension that the Award is seeking to address. It is looking at the migrant and the diaspora across the world.

This demonstrates the flexibility of the Award. The harmonising essence and the core structure were conceived at the outset to cope with the problems of their time without ever ignoring the problems of yesterday. Previously there used to be a lot of discussion about AKAA being just for the poor, just for historic preservation and restoring old buildings. However, when you look over the 40 years it’s been much broader in embracing ever changing conditions.

The structure of the governance for the Award lends itself to this flexibility. The Master Jury sit for one cycle only to ensure the autonomy of each cycle whilst the Steering Committee (which sits above the Master Jury) together with Hazar Imam as the Chair set the guidance of the current time that the Award should seek to engage with.

The Steering Committee often serve for multiple cycles as many of the committee members are involved with other AKDN activities — like the AKTC Historic Cities Programme — enabling knowledge transfer and sharing of best practices. The Jury though selected meritocratically by the Award office and director Farrokh Derakhshani, with the steering committee, ensures very deliberately a multi-disciplinary group. Several of them are always Muslim and several are women.

Most people aren’t aware of the multiple gates each of the winning projects has to go through. The extent of investigation undertaken by the selection process of the Award makes it extremely current and relevant. The Master Jury selects the shortlist, which are fully and thoroughly reviewed by technical reviewers, who then report back to the Master Jury. During this process the Master Jury are provided with a brief and then left autonomous to select the winners. Decisions are therefore final, even if the Steering Committee doesn’t like it.

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The Aga Khan Architecture Award: Elegant mix of the old and new


The six award recipients, arrived at after long and sometimes heated discussion, accurately reflect the wide range of entries: a pedestrian bridge that privileges use over form; a sacred space that plays inventively with tradition; a project that is at once landscape and building; a bold, contemporary insertion into a traditional setting; a diminutive library operating on a much larger micro-urban scale, and an urban park that provides new forms of public space.

They include two buildings in Bangladesh, and one each in China, Denmark, Iran and Lebanon.

“Unique among architecture awards, the Aga Khan Award seeks projects across a vast range of contexts, cultures and conditions. Throughout its history, it has also celebrated works that straddle the sometimes uneasy divide between tradition and modernity," said the master jury chaired by Prof Luis Fernández, a lecturer at the School of Architecture of Madrid’s Universidad Politécnica, and the editor (since 1985) of the journals AV/Arquitectura Viva.

The winners were announced on October 3, 2006, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A ceremony to celebrate them will be held at the Al Jahili Fort in Al-Ain in November.

In its statement, the jury said that in seeking the winners, they embraced the notion of plurality, exploring not just projects in diverse contexts, but also the boundaries of the discipline itself, recognising that new knowledge sometimes emerges in the lines between categories.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya Ali Madad.
Where is the award giving ceremony are being held for 2016 cycle.?
KUCH PAKKI KHABAR DO.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nuseri wrote:
Ya Ali Madad.
Where is the award giving ceremony are being held for 2016 cycle.?
KUCH PAKKI KHABAR DO.


The place is known but not the date. It is next month November 2016

"The Award will be presented at a ceremony to be held in November at the Al Jahili fort in Al-Ain. The venue was announced by His Excellency Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and a member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. "
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