Cameron Rashti is an architect and project manager with extensive project experience on major projects in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds professional architectural degrees from Pratt Institute and Columbia University, and is a registered architect in the USA and the UK. He joined the Geneva-based Historic Cities Programme within the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in 1994 as Deputy Director, following his association as Vice President of Perkins and Will International managing projects in Canary Wharf and other sites in London and Europe. Within HCP, he was (among other tasks) responsible for the implementation of the Azhar Park project.
Rashti, Cameron. 2011. "Parks and Gardens" In The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme: Strategies for Urban Regeneration. (Philip Jodido, ed.) Munich: Prestel, 49-55.
The notion of culture as an asset rather than as a drain on resources is still a new concept in many parts of the world. Culture is considered a luxury in an era of unmet social and economic needs. The sad result is that both tangible and intangible cultures are succumbing to decay or decline. The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme has shown how culture can be a catalyst for development in even the poorest and most remote areas of the globe. From Afghanistan to Zanzibar, from India to Mali, the Programme’s support to communities demonstrates how conservation of cultural heritage, coupled with urban regeneration efforts, can provide a springboard for social and economic development. This publication highlights, through case studies, drawings and images, the work of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme over the past 20 years.