Aga Khan Foundation USA
October 12-October 14, 2007
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the United States of America present The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme Exhibition, at Sugar Land City Hall, Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14.
This is an exhibit showcasing major restoration projects undertaken by The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, includnig Al Azhar Park in Cairo, the stone mosques in Mali, and projects in Afghanistan, India, and Syria.
The exhibit provides an insight into how the preservation of historic cultural and reigious monuments serves as a catalyst for socio-economic development and how the revitalization of architecture can build bridges, not only between the past and the present in the Muslim world, but also between the Muslim world and the West.
The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (HCP) promotes the conservation and re-use of buildings and public spaces in historic cities in the Muslim World. HCP undertakes the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and public spaces in ways that can spur social, economic and cultural development. Individual project briefs go beyond mere technical restoration to address the questions of the social and environmental context, adaptive re-use, institutional sustainability and training.
In several countries, local Aga Khan Cultural Service Companies have been formed to implement projects under the supervision of the HCP headquarters in Geneva.
Pictured: Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt, Photo credit: Gary Otte.