Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1986.
By the 1960s, the 16th-century historical core of the town of Mostar was physically deteriorated and commercially stagnant. It has since become revitalised and reactivated as a thriving business centre. Stari-Grad, the agency in charge of this restoration project, is a semi-autonomous organisation approved and subsidised by the Ministry for the Protection of Monuments and Nature of the Republic of Herzegovina in Sarajevo. Beginning in 1977, Stari-Grad spent three years documenting the historic centre. Subsequently it has undertaken the restoration of the river embankments, a 16th century Ottoman tower and bridge, a 17th-century clock tower, two mosques, a madrasa, private houses, a tannery and shops that date back to the 18th-and-19th centuries. The jury noted that the rehabilitation of this wide variety of building types "has been handled in an exemplary manner. All the restorations fit well into the general atmosphere of the old town and its homogeneous appearance is not disturbed; nothing is overdone or touristic."
Serageldin, Ismaill, editor. Space for Freedom. London: Butterworth Architecture, 1989.
This book chronicles the first decade and the achievements of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture with special reference to the activities of the third cycle (1984-1986), and presents the winning projects of the 1986 Award. The title Space for Freedom was chosen to underline the commitment of the Award in all its activities, to create an intellectual space where imagination ca soar and the pursuit of relevance and architectural excellence can proceed in myriad ways, transcending a single architectural style or school of thought. Within this space for freedom, scholars, intellectuals, practising architects and critics have committed themselves to a far-ranging quest for insight into the future built environment of Muslims. Space for Freedom is the third in a series of books under the general title "Building in the Islamic World Today".