Finally, let me mention one other point of profound connection that we should ponder, and that is the connection across cultures. Think for example, of those who designed this complex. On one side, looking at the Museum, we see the work of a Japanese master. On the other side, looking at the Centre, we see the work of an Indian architectural giant. And in between … Continue reading Indian architectural giant: Charles Correa’s Legacy
Farrokh Darakhshani is the director of the prestigious Aga Khan Architecture Awards. In his lecture Farrokh reflected on the rich history of the AKAA and the 2013 edition of the awards. http://www.prishtinaarchitectureweek.com
In 2010 approximately 42 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters across the globe. And ever since the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, the escalation in the number of natural disasters has seen the emergence of a new strand of design called Humanitarian Architecture – one better suited to local situations, and which can provide long term housing solutions, as opposed to short term ‘shelter’ projects. Esther Charlesworth, founder of Architects Without Frontiers outlines the challenges and opportunities for architects in the design and planning in rebuilding post-disaster sites and cities and Ajmal Maiwandi discusses rebuilding after war and conflict.
A legacy of high-calibre architecture links the Aga Khan to Canada. By: Trevor Boddy/canadianarchitect.com Convergence is a two-way process–from the Canadian Ismailis, many of whom arrived here under duress, but also from us native-born Canadians who have lived and worked with them as they flourished like no other community of new immigrants, ever. The story here is of a bridging friendship and mutual respect. Over … Continue reading Ismaili Centres: Ambassadorial Buildings of Excellence
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” stuff attract young people who want to live in an … Continue reading More ‘good’ architecture can bring new energy to Ottawa, experts say
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 under wraps. Adjacent to the Don Valley Parkway’s Eglinton exit, … Continue reading Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre & Islamic-inspired Park
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 thought and further simplifies the forms within the design of the MRI unit at Aga Khan as much as possible to functionality, true to hospital architecture.
Viewpoint Elsa Lam for Canadian Architect His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, does not look like a man who spends time on construction sites. But when it comes to architecture, the Aga Khan knows his stuff: he’s been a careful observer and patron of projects around the world since succeeding his grandfather as Imam in 1957, at the … Continue reading When it comes to architecture, the Aga Khan knows his stuff …
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 asking to have a very short meeting of introduction. A … Continue reading In Search of Empathetic Architecture: Architect Bruno Freschi recalls the inspired discussions with 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 … Continue reading “Architecture and the “essence of human life” – By ￼His Highness the Aga Khan”
By Allan Teramura Excerpt: In Shia Ismaili culture, contributing one’s individual energies on a voluntary basis to improving the lives of others is a central principle. For those of us not part of this community, it is more than philanthropy; it is an opportunity to achieve what the Aga Khan has described as “enlightened self-fulfillment.” Click here to read: The voice of civil society has … Continue reading Architecture Matters: Quoting His Highness the Aga Khan
The Aga Khan Award as a pioneering influence
Apart from the criteria that neither the architect’s name nor the object itself lay at the focus of attention, it was the buildings’ locations – outside Europe and North America, as the title Afritecture suggests – that formed the common thread in what was shown. This was not the so-called First World being presented once again as a model for emerging markets and the “other” worlds. Instead, an example was being set by projects from precisely these “non-first world” countries. And while China aims to beat the Old (and for a long time “First”) World at its own game, so to speak, Africa – as addressed in the exhibition – stands for possible alternatives. Continue reading “Looking Outside the Box: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture as a pioneering influence”
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. Continue reading “Architect Raj Rewal: Lisbon Ismaili Centre Portugal”
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 well. Architect Raj Rewal lives his work ethic. For the … Continue reading Raj Rewal: Of architecture and aroma
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 or an international firm anywhere in the world. Alternately, the … Continue reading Architect Raymond Moriyama to launch $100K Architecture Prize at Aga Khan Museum Toronto
About 200 people recently gathered at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presentation of its highest honour – its 2013 Gold Medal – to His Highness the Aga Khan. “The Gold Medal was established to recognize a person of science or letters related to architecture and the arts,” said Paul E. Frank, FRAIC, RAIC President … Continue reading Canadian Architect’s Press Release: RAIC presents His Highness the Aga Khan with 2013 Gold Medal
“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 the people served by them. They are a representation of not only the current state of a society, but of its future.” Continue reading “Thinking beyond four walls: Mawlana Hazar Imam, architecture and the world”
Excerpt: More recently city council itself balanced the fate of the Bata office building in Don Mills with the potential for Toronto to have a major cultural centre built by the Aga Khan Foundation. The Bata office building was greatly admired by architects and architectural historians and was recommended for designation as a heritage building. In that case I think Toronto city council made the … Continue reading David Mirvish: Building an optimistic Toronto and a livable city | National Post