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The Great Mosque of Djenne, restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture's Historic Cities Programme, which also restored the Great Mosque in Mopti, Mali, and later, the Djinguereber Mosque.

In the first part of this article, we explored definitions of architecture, and the complexities involved in designing buildings and spaces in the modern world. If buildings and cities do indeed ‘speak’ to us, then what should they speak of?

The Petronas Office Towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, an AKAA prize-winner in 2004. The complex is at the forefront of technology, with a form derived from an Islamic pattern, and extensive use of local materials.

On September 13, 2019, Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over the 14th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. To mark this occasion, we explore some of the important questions surrounding the theme of architecture and the built environment.

Illustration of an Artificial Intelligence brain.

“Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think Artificial Intelligence will transform in the next several years.” states Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Baidu.

Women's flag football teams competing at the 2015 United States Ismaili Games held in Dallas, Texas.

Sports have been part of the human experience since history has been recorded, as far back as Sumerian times (4000 BCE), and ancient Egypt. They were generally associated with religion, making sports a sacred activity, with such events being consecrated to the gods. In those times, sports included wrestling and archery, and Zen Buddhism was the foundation for the martial arts, requiring meditation and intense concentration.

Participants of the heritage walk in the compound of Darkhana Jamatkhana, the first Jamatkhana established in Mumbai.

There are many Jamatkhanas in India, a handful of which have celebrated over a century of existence. In this article we will explore three of India’s oldest Jamatkhanas, including their histories, architecture, and the role they play in the community today.

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