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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.

Positive developments at the Ismaili Economic Forum included collaborative efforts by businesses to further women’s empowerment and financial literacy to prepare women for corporate board participation.

Over 500 delegates from the Jamats of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa gathered for the launch of the Ismaili Economic Forum (IEF) held in Nairobi in April 2019. The Forum was organised to bring together Ismaili businesses, professionals, and entrepreneurs, to discuss and respond to rapid change in Africa and advancements in technology on the continent, and to build economic and knowledge capacity within the Jamat. 

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.

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