The first presentations for the Aga khan Award for Architecture were made in the Pakistani cit of Lahore on Thursday (23 October).
GV EXTERIOR Shalimar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan.
SV INTERIOR Audience.
SCU The Aga khan addressing guests.
SCU Begum Aga khan applauding.
GV Aga khan, President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan and officials waiting to present awards.
SV Aga khan applauding as Turkish architect Turgut Canserver arrives on podium to accept award.
SV PAN Senegalese architects collecting awards.
SV Begum applauding.
SV Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy accepting special award from Aga khan, to applause.
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Background: The first presentations for the Aga khan Award for Architecture were made in the Pakistani cit of Lahore on Thursday (23 October). The Aga khan himself rewarded the winners in this scheme which aims, as he put it, "to preserve the traditional identity and essence of Islamic architecture" while reflecting social goals and technology of the twentieth century. Fifteen winning projects in twelve countries -- from Senegal to Indonesia -- will share a prize fund of half a million dollars.
SYNOPSIS: The awards were made in the Shalimar Gardens at Lahore.
The Aga khan is the world leader of the Nizari group of Islamic Moslems, who are found mainly in East Africa, Pakistan and Yemen. He set up the award three years ago to encourage a resurgence of architectural design throughout the Islamic world. Quality is sought in the areas of housing, public buildings, and spaces, community planning,and the restoration of buildings. Projects completed and in use between 1950 and 1977 were eligible for this year's award. A master jury decided on how to divide the prizes among architects, design and construction professionals, clients and institutions.
The Aga khan's wife, the Begum, was there.
The host was President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan, who helped the Aga khan to welcome an audience of more than fie hundred architect , scholars and government officials.
A Turkish architect, Turgut Cansever, was the only individual to receive prizes and citations for two projects. One was for a library, achieve and centre for Ottoman studies, built near Ankara University. The other was for restoring and remodelling a 100-year-old Ertegun house at Bodrum in Turkey.
A number of groups and individuals shard an eighty eight thousand dollar prize for designing and building an agricultural training centre at Nianing in Senegal. The school teachers agriculture, hygiene and first-aid and consists of classrooms and residential units for student and teachers. Completed three years ago, it is a prototype structure developed by UNESCO, and cost eight thousand dollars less than the prize that these architects will share.
There was a special acclamation for the Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy, who is a member of the steering committee for the award scheme. He has a high reputation for promoting indigenous Islamic architecture. The presentation of the chairman's award of one hundred thousand dollars to Mr. Fathy was a special recognition outside the main batch of awards. His citation said Mr. Fathy was being honoured for a lifetime achievement in creating Moslem architecture backed by social commitment, and for reappraising the relationship of spiritual designs with building forms.