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Aga Khan Awards $1 Million To Six Architectural Projects

Six prizes totaling $1 million were awarded to architectural projects by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), all chosen with the theme of “dialogue.” The Aga Khan, who spoke at the recent award ceremony in Kazan, Russia, stated that “committed people can honor the power of both cultural identity and cultural pluralism” and that “architecture can lead the way in this effort – as we listen to one another and learn from one another across old divides.”

The winning projects span three continents “and include an urban heritage intervention, a floating school, a national museum, an ambitious program to introduce public spaces across hundreds of localities, a university’s classrooms and halls, and an ecological center,” an Aga Khan statement read. 

Mintimer Shaimiev, the UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue, praised the awards because they “support proactive, creative people, regardless of nationality or confession.” 

The six winning projects of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKKA) are described as follows by the AKDN statement:

•    Revitalization of Muharraq, Bahrain

•    Arcadia Education Project, South Kanarchor, Bangladesh

•    Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

•    Public Spaces Development Program, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation

•    Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit, Bambey, Senegal

•    Wasit Wetland Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

“Architecture – more than any other art form – has a profound impact on the quality of human life,” the Aga Khan explained in his speech, adding: “I believe that we all have a responsibility to improve the quality of life whenever and wherever the opportunity arises. Our commitment to influencing the quality of architecture – intellectually and materially – grows directly out of our commitment to improving the quality of human life.”

Aga Khan Awards $1 Million To Six Architectural Projects

Prizes offered to “proactive, creative people,” regardless of nationality or religion

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Six prizes totaling $1 million were awarded to architectural projects by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), all chosen with the theme of “dialogue.” The Aga Khan, who spoke at the recent award ceremony in Kazan, Russia, stated that “committed people can honor the power of both cultural identity and cultural pluralism” and that “architecture can lead the way in this effort – as we listen to one another and learn from one another across old divides.”

The winning projects span three continents “and include an urban heritage intervention, a floating school, a national museum, an ambitious program to introduce public spaces across hundreds of localities, a university’s classrooms and halls, and an ecological center,” an Aga Khan statement read. 

Mintimer Shaimiev, the UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue, praised the awards because they “support proactive, creative people, regardless of nationality or confession.” 

The six winning projects of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKKA) are described as follows by the AKDN statement:

•    Revitalization of Muharraq, Bahrain

•    Arcadia Education Project, South Kanarchor, Bangladesh

•    Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

•    Public Spaces Development Program, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation

•    Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit, Bambey, Senegal

•    Wasit Wetland Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

“Architecture – more than any other art form – has a profound impact on the quality of human life,” the Aga Khan explained in his speech, adding: “I believe that we all have a responsibility to improve the quality of life whenever and wherever the opportunity arises. Our commitment to influencing the quality of architecture – intellectually and materially – grows directly out of our commitment to improving the quality of human life.”

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