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.
Baker, Phillipa, editor. Architecture and Polyphony: Building in the Islamic World Today. London: Thames and Hudson, 2004.
Architecture and Polyphony: Building in the Islamic World Today covers the Ninth Award Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. At no time in recent history have architecture, urban planning, rehabilitation, and reconstruction been as important to the Islamic world as they are today. With great opportunities to engender positive change and build better places for everyone, architects are responding to local challenges with understanding and innovation, with global outlook and vernacular and innovative forms. These multifaceted achievements include restoration, landscape design, infrastructure and urban planning, and new buildings. Bringing to international attention the work of architects, artisans, designers, planners and visionaries who have produced significant projects for Muslim societies since 1977, the triennial Aga Khan Award for Architecture celebrates outstanding contributions to architectural design, local construction and the revivification of historic cities. In this, the ninth Award cycle, an independent Jury comprising architects, engineers, artists, historians, philosophers and urban planners has selected seven projects to reflect the rich diversity of Muslim architecture today.
With 280 illustrations. [Source: Architecture and Polyphony]