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Snow will add emphasis to the geometric structure of the Aga Khan Garden's chahar-bagh central courtyard. NBWLA

Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects visited Islamic gardens in Egypt and India and saw how they were valued beyond their aesthetics — functioning as catalysts for economic, social and cultural change. How, he wondered, might an Islamic garden for the 21st century embrace Edmonton’s northern landscape year-round, while making a similarly positive impact?

A view of the courtyard of the mosque of al-Azhar in Cairo. Bernard O'Kane

Leading historian of Islamic art and culture, Professor Bernard O’Kane offers a peek at the architectural accomplishments of the Fatimids in Egypt. On 21 February, he will speak on the same topic at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a dinner and concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai for the international attendees of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Gary Otte

On the evening of Saturday, 5 November, Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a dinner and concert at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai for the international attendees of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The feature of the evening was a rare musical encounter between the talented and innovative artists from Afghanistan, China, Italy, and Syria.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Gary Otte

Al Ain, UAE, 6 November 2016 — Architecture does not merely give form to the spaces in which we live and move, it profoundly shapes and can improve the quality of human life. The winning projects in the 13th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture testify to this.

Students learn about the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during a visit to the Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain. Fatima Kamran

Anticipation has been growing in the United Arab Emirates since the announcement in October that the country will host the presentation ceremony of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Over the past few weeks, members of the Jamat have been learning about the Award, discussing the winning projects and visiting an exhibition at the site of the forthcoming award ceremony.

Ismaili Council President Amiruddin Thanawalla welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam together with the UAE Minister of State for Tolerance. Gary Otte

Dubai, 4 November 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the United Arab Emirates this evening, ahead of this weekend’s presentation of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He was accompanied by Prince Amyn and Prince Aly Muhammad.

Hanif Kara is a member of the Steering Committee for the 2014-16 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. AKDN

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.

With its numerous benches and seating areas, restaurants and cafes, the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge in Tehran nurtures the pedestrian connection. AKTC / Barzin Baharlouie

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.

The National Parliament of Bangladesh, designed by Louis Kahn, won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989. AKTC

At the end of February, a group of Ismailis toured the National Assembly complex in Dhaka. They discovered that the Louis Kahn-designed winner of the 1989 Aga Khan Award for Architecture remains a formidable presence in the architectural consciousness of Bangladesh.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, Patron of ICOMOS-UK receives Mawlana Hazar Imam for the organisation's 50th anniversary conference. AKDN / Anya Campbell

London, 22 October 2015 — Cultural heritage is a powerful tool that can be harnessed towards improving the quality of human life, says Mawlana Hazar Imam, which is a central objective of the Ismaili Imamat. He was speaking at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS — the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver the keynote address at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the International Council on Monuments and Sites on Thursday, 22 October 2015 in the United Kingdom.

London, 12 October 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver the keynote address at a major conference of the International Council on Monuments and Sites on Thursday, 22 October 2015 in the United Kingdom. The event will be webcast live at TheIsmaili.org/live.

Thousands visited the Ismaili Centre during Doors Open Toronto 2015. Amir Hemraj

Thousands of visitors streamed into the Ismaili Centre as part of Doors Open Toronto 2015. Held last weekend, the annual city-wide open house offered visitors free access to approximately 155 buildings of cultural, historical and social significance.

A conceptual pencil sketch of the Aga Khan Park in Toronto, designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic. AKTC

When Vladimir Djurovic received the commission to design the Aga Khan Park in Toronto, he travelled to gardens in different parts of the Muslim world. In an interview he gave to TheIsmaili.org, the landscape architect describes the essence of this new greenspace, which will be formally inaugurated on Monday.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration ceremony marking the completed restoration of the Aqsunqur Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. AKDN / Gary Otte

Cairo, 2 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was in Egypt to attend an event marking the restoration of the 14th century Aqsunqur Mosque. Work on Cairo’s “Blue Mosque” was completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as part of its Al-Darb al-Ahmar Urban Regeneration Programme.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma at the foundation ceremony of the Humayun's Tomb site museum. AKDN / Narendra Swain

Delhi, 7 April 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, presided over the foundation ceremony of a site museum to be situated at the Humayun’s Tomb complex.

Visitors gather around the architectural-scale model of a historic district of Cairo that served as a centrepiece of the exhibition and was populated by houses designed and printed by 3D workshop participants. Vazir Karsan

Connect Create Cairo is an exhibition and workshop that uses 3D printing technology to get people thinking about the past, present and future of cities and urban spaces. Recently held at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the exhibition gave participants a chance to become urban planners and conceive their own design solutions.

Visitors during the 2014 Lisboa Open House weekend joined thousands who have toured the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon since it’s inauguration in 1998. Ismaili Council for Portugal

Over the weekend of 11–12 October, the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon took part in Lisboa Open House, an annual event to raise awareness about spaces of architectural and cultural value. Visitors learnt about the relationship between the architecture of the building and the history and values of a Muslim community that has been in Portugal for decades.

Professor Nasser Rabbat speaking at the Royal Ontario Museum on 14 July 2014. Ibrahim Meru

Cairo has been the talk of Toronto — at least in the halls of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Ismaili Centre. Through a series of lectures, leading scholars have been journeying into the thousand-year-old city, describing how it has been reshaped over the centuries, and sharing the historic impressions recorded by medieval visitors in their writings.

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Unveiling the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with the 2013 Gold Medal – their highest honour – in a ceremony that took place at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on 27 November 2013. The event received wide coverage, including a special edition issue of the Canadian Architect magazine.

Canadian Architect RAIC Gold Medal Magazine 2013
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