The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence.
The mission of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is to promote global excellence in the field of Muslim architecture and Muslim-inspired solutions for the built world, and to support those who believe in improving environmental, cultural, and social sustainability and quality of life through architecture.
Cantacuzino, Sherban, editor. Architecture in Continuity. New York: Aperture, 1985.
Architecture in Continuity celebrates projects throughout the Islamic world that most successfully preserve indigenous forms while providing for the future, It honors the insight, imagination, and skill that brought these projects into physical reality. The Aga Khan Awards attention to the extraordinary effort required to develop an architecture both practical and spiritual is dramatically reflected in this volume, the second (1983) of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture series. The eleven projects found in nine countries from Mali to Pakistan, from Yugoslavia to Malaysia, range from hotels to mosques, from housing to an impressive air terminal for pilgrims to Mecca. The Award winners show a deep respect for tradition, displayed in the historic buildings restored for contemporary purposes. Everyone connected with each project - the architect, client, and builder, the local craftsmen, artisans, and consultants - is honored for contributing to an integrity of purpose, to a spirit that is of and for the people. This collection of color photographs by some of the world's finest photographers exquisitely depicts the Award-winning buildings. The introduction and three essays, by distinguished architects and architectural historians, explore the projects in terms of the pressures confronting emerging Muslim countries, the influence of the Western postindustrial world, and traditional Muslim forms and values.