The Education Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture aims to promote broader and deeper awareness among young people of the philosophy and values that underpin the efforts of the Trust. To this end, the programme is developing teaching materials and processes through which the wealth of knowledge and learning accumulated by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme will be shared with university and high school students, as well as a broader interested public.
For the pilot phase of the Education Programme now under way, AKTC has partnered with experts to prepare a series of pedagogical outputs. These include teaching packages, lectures on Power Point, MOOCs and curriculum units, some of which are already posted on Archnet. Others will be added as soon as they become available. The Programme is also partnering with educational institutions to generate new elective courses, field schools and workshops, the highlights and/or outputs of which will also be posted as appropriate.
Architecture in a Critical Context: Contemporary Design in the Middle East
The Bengal Institute, with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, conducted a special course on architecture that shapes our thinking and practice: Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
From a public lecture by Hassan Radoine: "Architecture is not an aesthetic plain for amusement only. Architecture is much deeper than that. We need to think of how can architects revive the sense of cultural essence. My presentation is not about advocating the past nor about the futuristic drama, my lecture lies in learning from both. The past dictates a certain prophecy and hence the role of architecture is primordial. How to design architecture in the Middle East with being sensitive to the context but without getting emotional with the pastiche?"