“Walled City: New GIS developed to aid conservation work” — Tribune com Pakistan article on-Walled City of Lahore Authority and Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s project

A view of Masjid Wazir Khan from where encroachments were recently removed. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/EXPRESS LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has started testing a new geographical information system (GIS) to help it regulate conservation and development work at the city’s historic quarter. The GIS, developed in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust…

Socio-economic Development through Cultural Revitalization — Pamir Times Net article by Ahmad Nadeem on the Aga Khan Development Network’s initiatives in Pakistan and other countries

The Khaplu Palace & Reside (KP&R) of Gilgit-Baltistan region restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), – the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – won the ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Best in poverty reduction’ category of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2012 and it was the only project from Pakistan…

Kenya: Aga Khan pledges to restore park’s glory – Daily Monitor Uganda

His Highness The Aga Khan (L) with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga after signing an agreement to rehabilitate Nairobi City Park at Nairobi National Museum yesterday. PHOTO BY BILLY MUTAI.  By PETER LEFTIEPosted  Friday, November 30  2012 at  02:00 In Summary His Highness the Aga Khan says the Aga Khan Trust will refurbish Nairobi City Park as…

The Ismaili org: Aga Khan Trust for Culture to revitalise Nairobi City Park

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prime Minister Odinga, Prince Hussain, and other dignitaries discuss the model of the soon to be restored Nairobi City Park. Photo: Samwell Nyakondo Nairobi, 29 November 2012 — “Culture is a trampoline for development and assistance for some of the poorest people in the world,” declared Mawlana Hazar Imam. He was speaking at a signing ceremony marking an…

German language article ‘Ein Paradies – auch für die Armen’ at NZZ online on Cairo’s Al-Azhar-Park

  Der Al-Azhar-Park ist Herz und grüne Lunge für Kairos Altstadt ***** Die zentrale Allee des Al-Azhar-Parks und die Zitadelle mit der Mohammed-Ali-Moschee. (Bild: Keystone / EPA) Der Al-Azhar-Park gilt nicht nur als grösste geschlossene innerstädtische Grünfläche im Nahen Osten. Durch seinen Bau und die Unterhaltsarbeitengelang auf vorbildliche Weise dieWiederbelebung eines darniederliegenden Wohnquartiers am Rand von…

UNESCO gets Qutb Shahi dossier – By Rahul V Pisharody at Express Buzz com India

comprehensive dossier and management plan for the Qutb Shahi monuments in Hyderabad (Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi tombs and Charminar) has been submitted to Unesco through the Archaeological Survey of India for their recognition as World Heritage Sites. “snip”   A delegation from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which has shown keen interest in…

New Delhi: A landmark AKDN and partners project in revitalizing Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Basti and Sunder Nursery into one unique heritage precinct

A landmark Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) project in New Delhi, India, the Urban Renewal Initiative is making enormous strides in revitalizing and unifying the three historical sites of Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Basti and Sunder Nursery into one unique heritage precinct. Powered by a non-profit public-private partnership between various agencies, the project is the first…

Dust lifts from medieval grandeur – The Times of India News story

It’s a crumbling edifice of serenity at the entrance of the majestic Humayun’s Tomb. But despite its intrinsic splendour, Isa Khan’s tomb has always remained in the blind spot of visitors to this 16th century world heritage site. “snip” Apart from structural consolidation and essential repairs in the monument, much effort has been made to…

Building on heritage: Lunch with BS Ratish Nanda – By Rajiv Rao / New Delhi at Business Standard

One of India’s most important architects on how inclusive conservation can be both an important developmental tool and mean cash for the government. “snip” Somehow, we settle down and almost immediately start chatting about his project: revitalising three of Delhi’s most-treasured sites, Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin basti and Sunder Nursery into one unique heritage precinct.  …

India: 16th century mausoleum gets a facelift – City Journal News

The Sunderwala Burj, a 16th century mausoleum in New Delhi, has been given a makeover by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture with financial support from the US ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. It was restored at a cost of $50,000 and a matching grant by the Aga Khan Trust, conservation architect Ratish Nanda, who…

New Books: “The Aga Khan His­to­ric Ci­ties Pro­gram­me” and “Im­pli­ca­te & Ex­pli­ca­te” both in English are available at Welt Bild de,Gemany

Strategies for Urban Regeneration byPhilip Jodidio The extraordinary architectural accomplishments of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme are celebrated in this generously illustrated volume that includes hundreds of photographs, maps, and drawings along with informative text, offering fascinating insight into the built environment of Muslim societies around the world.    2011, 240 Seiten, 250 farbige…