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The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

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Village of New Gourna, Egypt
 
by Hassan Fathy
 
(Photo by Christopher Little)
 
(Courtesy of  the Aga Khan Trust for Culture 
and The American University of Cairo)

"There are many interpretations of Islam within the wider Islamic community, but generally we are instructed to leave the world a better place than it was when we came into it.
 
The Aga Khan Awards for Architecture seeks to make a better place in physical terms. This means trying to bring values into environments, buildings, and contexts that improve the quality of life for future generations."
 
 
His Highness The Aga Khan
 
"Interview with Robert Ivy (FAIA)"
( Realized for Architectural Record, August 31 / 2001)

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Ichan-Kala Conservation, Khiva, Uzbekistan
 
by Uznipirestoration Institute
 
(Photo by Reha Gunay)
 
Courtesy of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
 
 

"The value system of Islam, in terms of the relationship between what we call dina and dunia, that's the world and faith is very particular in Islam. In a sense they relate to each other in an ongoing way."
 
 
His Highness The Aga Khan
 
"Interview with Robert Ivy (FAIA)"
(Realized for Architectural Record, August 31 / 2001)

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Ichan-Kala Conservation, Khiva, Uzbekistan
 
Isfandyar Khan Mausoleum
 
(Photo by Reha Gunay)
 
Courtesy of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture

Please click the link below for the entire version of the Interview with His Highness The Aga Khan:

His Highness The Aga Khan Interview

Hebron Old Town Rehabilitation

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Rehabilitation of Hebron, Palestine
 
Minaret of the Haram of Abraham in Rehabilitation Context
 
(Photo by Güven Incirlioglu)
 
Courtesy of The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

"Hebron, an old and sacred town 32 km to the south of Jerusalem, is a very important religious centre for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The ancient city lies to the south-east of the modern turn-of-the-century city, and possesses a remarkable stone architecture, most of which was built in the 18th century."

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Aerial View of Hebron, Palestine
 
(Photo by Güven Incirlioglu)
 
Courtesy of The Aga Khan Awards for Architecture
 

"The sector under revitalization consists of large, extended-family houses built of thick stone walls with vaulted superstructures and arranged in a compact urban texture.Most of the clusters do not suffer from major structural problems. No extensive reconstruction is contemplated, only work necessary to make them structurally sound and functional. The rehabilitation includes running water, sewage, and drainage services."
 
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

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Rehabilated Stone Buildings, Hebron, Palestine (1995)
 
by Hebron Rehabilitation Committee
 
(Photo by Güven Incirlioglu)
 
Courtesy of The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

 
The jury of  The Aga Khan Award for Architecture notes: "the skills, competence, and courage of the community, as well as the architectural relevance of the work and the promising future of the rehabiltated city", and that "this approach is valid for urban situations in many other parts of the world.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture