Words of Wisdom: Beautiful green spaces, designed to honour the past – while also serving the future

His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the audience gathered for the inauguration of the Sunder Nursery, part of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative. AKDN/ Shamsh Maredia
His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the audience gathered for the inauguration of the Sunder Nursery, part of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative.
AKDN/ Shamsh Maredia

…as we reflect on these rich traditions, we also know that they have sometimes been neglected. Under pressure from exploding populations and shrinking budgets, too often crowded buildings have been squeezed into dense spaces – overlooking the importance of open greenery in healthy urban landscapes. Some have suggested that open spaces are unproductive – or even wasteful – ignoring their aesthetic, recreational and economic potentials – as catalysts for tourism, for education, for community development and for sport.

 

To restore, create and revitalise beautiful green spaces has been a prime goal of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in recent years – with ten notable successes in places ranging from Cairo to Zanzibar, from Toronto to Kabul, from Dushanbe in Tajikistan to Bamako in Mali – and, of course, here in India.

 

All of these projects were designed to honour the past – while also serving the future.

–Excerpt: His Highness the Aga Khan. Inauguration of the Sunder Nursery, New Delhi. New Delhi, India (21 February 2018)

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