More 'good' architecture can bring new energy to Ottawa, experts say

More ‘good’ architecture can bring new energy to Ottawa, experts say

Marie-Danielle Smith for Ottawa Citizen Excerpt: Today’s architects can put beauty and functionality together, and that makes for a more engaging urban environment, according to Bill Birdsell, president of the Ontario Association of Architects. “Good” architecture interacts with the street outside and promotes a sense of community inside, Birdsell says. Cities full of this “good”…

Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre, & Islamic-inspired Park

Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre & Islamic-inspired Park

Toronto Trio: A museum, Ismaili Centre, and islamic-inspired park are significant additions to the city that aim to facilitate mutual understanding and exchange between different communities and faiths. By: Elsa Lam / Canadian Architect While the Aga Khan’s development agencies often choose to work behind the scenes, their new Toronto projects are impossible to keep…

Aga Khan Hospital MRI Radiology and Physiotherapy Unit - Tharani Associates

Aga Khan Hospital MRI Radiology and Physiotherapy Unit – Tharani Associates

Healthcare architecture has taken a paradigm shift towards ensuring that patient-care and staff comfort are of paramount and equal importance within the hospital environment. The extension to the Aga Khan Hospital facilities with the additional of the Aga Khan Hospital MRI Radiology and Physiotherapy Unit by Tharani Associates lends itself to this  architectural school of…

His Highness the Aga Khan with architect Bruno Freschi (left) and former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Henry Bell-Irwing (centre), at the Vancouver Ismaili Centre site in 1982. AKDN/Christopher Little

In Search of Empathetic Architecture: Architect Bruno Freschi recalls the inspired discussions with his Highness the Aga Khan

Architect Bruno Freschi recalls the inspired discussions with his Highness the Aga Khan that guided the design of the Vancouver Ismaili Centre. By: Bruno Freschi The uniqueness of this encounter was its absolute unexpectedness, my total surprise, and the slowly unfolding client aspirations for this rather auspicious building. I had received a call from someone…

Architecture and the “essence of human life” - By His Highness the Aga Khan

Architecture and the “essence of human life” – By His Highness the Aga Khan

The following is the text of a speech given by His Highness the Aga Khan at the presentation of the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in Ottawa, November 27. President Frank and leaders of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Madame Clarkson, excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen …

Lisbon Ismaili Centre Portugal

Architect Raj Rewal: Lisbon Ismaili Centre Portugal

The design of Raj Rewal draws inspiration from Islamic philosophy and vocabulary of design assimilates Iberian Peninsula’s architectural traditions and is innovative in terms of contemporary construction technology. It is influenced by morphology of traditional spatial arrangements of courtyards (Allahmbra, Fatehpur Sikri) concept of the paradise garden and Islamic patterns.

Raj Rewal: Of architecture and aroma

Raj Rewal: Of architecture and aroma

As the National Gallery of Modern Art hosts an exhibition of Raj Rewal’s works, the legendary architect talks about smart cities and similarities between Indian food and architecture He is as imposing as his structures and as modest as the values they emanate. Like sandstone, the construction material he is fond of, he has weathered…

Architect Raymond Moriyama to launch $100K Architecture Prize at Aga Khan Museum Toronto

Architect Raymond Moriyama to launch $100K Architecture Prize at Aga Khan Museum Toronto

Celebrated Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama is launching a $100,000 prize this fall that is being billed as one of the largest architectural prizes in the world. Established jointly with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Foundation, the Moriyama RAIC International Prize will celebrate an outstanding building or project by an architect, a group of collaborators…

The Ismaili: Thinking beyond four walls: Mawlana Hazar Imam, architecture and the world

Thinking beyond four walls: Mawlana Hazar Imam, architecture and the world

By Mehnaz Thawer, via TheIsmaili.org: Architecture, explains Farouk Noormohamed, is about more than designing a structure to serve a function. “Every building has an influence on people,” he says. “How we actually craft that building is going to influence the lives of people.” Good buildings, he continues, “seek to improve the quality of interactions of…

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) honours His Highness the Aga Khan with 2013 Gold Medal

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) honours His Highness the Aga Khan with 2013 Gold Medal

November 14, 2013 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced His Highness the Aga Khan as the 2013 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal—its highest honor. Canada joins the USA, UK, France and Spain – countries who have already awarded His Highness the Aga Khan their nation’s highest recognition for his contribution…

Amin Gilani: Alano Studio

Based in Seattle and Mumbai, the studio is led by Amin Gilani, who prior to initiating his own practice, worked for firms such as Perkins+Will, KMD Architects and Ankrom Moisson Architects. His interest range widely to include not only the History of Architecture, post colonial studies, critical urbanism and comparative literature particularly focusing on the…

Award-winning architecture from around world vastly different from Atlanta’s iconic structures

Based on Azim Nanji’s presentation at Atlanta’s University – Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology), a local newspaper captures how one of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture prize winner from Morocco may be inspiration to Atlanta’s present and future infrastructure projects … By David Pendered for http://saportareport.com/ The structures shown in the exhibit whisper,…

honoring Charles Correa

Video: Prince Amyn speaks in honour of Professor Charles Correa at the Ismaili Centre, London

London, 16 May 2013 — At a special event held at the Ismaili Centre, Prince Amyn spoke in honour of the illustrious career of Professor Charles Correa, the globally acclaimed architect and planner, and acknowledged his long-standing partnership with the AKDN. “Charles Correa is a major figure in contemporary architecture and urban planning, who has…

Prince Amyn speaks in honour of Professor Charles Correa at the Ismaili Centre, London

London, 16 May 2013 — At a special event held at the Ismaili Centre, Prince Amyn spoke in honour of the illustrious career of Professor Charles Correa, the globally acclaimed architect and planner, and acknowledged his long-standing partnership with the AKDN. “Charles Correa is a major figure in contemporary architecture and urban planning, who has played a…

Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis Sites of Morocco – Architect: Salima Naji

Introduction: Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013 Shortlisted Projects For the last decade Salima Naji, trained as an architect and anthropologist, has worked to save the heritage of several oasis towns in the anti-Atlas mountains of Morocco. This ambitious undertaking involves four sites that range in scale from communal granaries to partially abandoned fortified towns.…

Reconstruction of NAHR el BARED REFUGEE CAMP, Tripoli, Lebanon – Architect: United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)

Introduction: Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013 Shortlisted Projects Reconstructing a camp of 27,000 refugees which was 95% destroyed during the 2007 war involved a planning effort with the entire community, followed by a series of eight construction phases. Limited land and the exigency of recreating physical and social fabrics were primary considerations. Established in…