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, “less is more.” In Atlanta, it sometimes seems that “’more’ is not enough,” as the word “iconic” is attached to future projects ranging from retrofitted bridges over the Downtown Connector to the Falcons stadium.
The concepts on display in the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibit include sustainable design and vernacular architecture, which are honored in the Muslim culture. One previous winner is Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate who hopes to start a bank in Atlanta to provide micro-loans to help poor people open businesses.
Yunus won the Aga Khan award in 1989 for designing the Grameen Bank, which enables poor people to climb out of poverty. Likewise, this year’s awards honor designs that preserve human culture and the environment, and which recognize the wants and desires of those who will use them, according to Azim Nanji, a former member of the group that selects award winners who spoke Saturday and again Monday at Tech.
For example, one skyscraper that made the short list needs no air conditioning. The 66-story in Bangkok is designed so that natural breezes cool apartments.
Nanji concluded his hour-long presentation Monday by emphasizing the idea that humans are custodians of the earth.
“The ability to fabricate space has become a work of art,” Nanji said. “It is ultimately something that says, ‘We’re here, and here with some posture of humility.’”