AKAA 2010 Awards Ceremony

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Doha, Qatar 2010 24th November

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Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Oleg Grabar Receives Chairman’s Award

Doha, November 24, 2010 -- The five projects selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced at a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art today. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony.

The five projects selected by the 2010 Master Jury are:

Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis, Tunisia

Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain

Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey

Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China

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Exterior Museum of Islamic Art

His Highness Aga Khan, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser enter.

Audience

Pan down from ceiling to crowd

Musical performance

SOT by The Aga Khan (English) The nature of our Award is to help shape best practices for the built environments of Muslims and their neighbors. Our mandate must therefore include a wide range of architectural settings - not only mosques, museums and monuments - but also schools and hospitals, industrial spaces and public markets, parks and thoroughfares, and, of course, a variety of residential habitats.

Wide shot of stage

Audience

SOT by The Aga Khan (English)

Why should we emphasize an Islamic approach to architecture? Our Master Jury, in responding to this question, has described how global forces now threaten the values of “memory, heritage and belonging,” and how the built environment can help meet that challenge. This is why these triennial celebrations take place in settings that evoke Islamic tradition, and why most of our Award juries have thereby emphasized, among other criteria, the restoration and reutilization of historic buildings. Great icons of the past must not be allowed to disappear, without an opportunity to come back to life and serve the future.

Audience Applause

Awards received by winners

Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis, Tunisia

Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain

Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey

Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China

Group shot

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