Mr. Luis Monreal, a Spanish historian, is currently the General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva. He served as director general of the Caixa Foundation in Barcelona. From 1985 to 1990, he was the director of the Getty Conservation Institute, and oversaw conservation of projects such as the Tomb of Nefertari in Upper Egypt, the Sphinx in Giza, and Buddhist temples in Mogao (Datong, China), as well as other major projects in Cyprus, Jordan, Cambodia, and Spain. Mr. Monreal was the secretary general of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) from 1974 to 1985, and responsible for the establishment or conservation of nine museums throughout the world. He has also served as the curator of the Marés Museum in Barcelona, and was a professor of the history of art and museology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Mr. Monreal has participated in numerous archaeological expeditions, to the High Atlas Mountains (Morocco), Nubia, Abkanarti (Sudan), and Masmas (Egypt). He was a member of the 1995 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Master Jury.Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
At the crossroads of the ancient world between the Steppe of Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan has been at the centre of a network of cultural exchange and influence propagated by successive civilizations and empires for over four thousand years.
As Afghanistan recovers from decades of destruction, this book celebrates many of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s projects to restore monuments and other sites to their former glory. For decades, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been working to revitalize the social, cultural, and economic strength of communities in the Muslim world through its Historic Cities Programme. This book documents more than 100 such efforts that have been carried out in Afghanistan since 2002. Each project is illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and detailed descriptions. A powerful testament to the Trust's commitment to Islamic culture, this book documents the organisation’s ongoing work to celebrate, restore, and maintain Afghanistan’s cultural presence in the modern world.
This section contains:
Preface by His Highness the Aga Khan;
Architecture as a Key to Identity by President Ashraf Ghani;
Fifteen Years in Afghanistan by Luis Monreal, General Manager, Aga Khan Trust for Culture; and,
A Portfolio of Projects with Diversity and Continuity by Cameron Rashti, Director, Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme