Aga Khan Award for Architecture recognises innovation and excellence
Aga Khan Award for Architecture recognises innovation and excellence
12 September 2019

In a captivating occasion in Kazan on 13 September 2019, Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the prize-giving ceremony of 14th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In his speech, Hazar Imam described several ways in which architecture can blend differing perspectives, and reiterated its potential to inspire and enrich creative dialogue.

Mawlana Hazar Imam visits historic city of Bolgar in Tatarstan
Mawlana Hazar Imam visits historic city of Bolgar in Tatarstan
11 September 2019

Earlier today, 12 September, Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Bolgar, located in southwestern Tatarstan, in Russia. During his visit, Hazar Imam spent time at a number of historic sites, and participated in a postage stamp cancellation ceremony to commemorate the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur was presented with an Aga Khan Award in 2004. The cross-section of the towers based on a Rub el Hizb, a traditional Muslim symbol which consists of two squares that overlap.
The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur was presented with an Aga Khan Award in 2004. The cross-section of the towers based on a Rub el Hizb, a traditional Muslim symbol which consists of two squares that overlap.
Why architecture matters: Part one
Why architecture matters: Part one
10 September 2019

Later this week, 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.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted at Kazan International Airport by Mintimer Shaimiev, State Counsellor of Tatarstan.
Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted at Kazan International Airport by Mintimer Shaimiev, State Counsellor of Tatarstan.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Kazan
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Kazan
10 September 2019

Earlier today, Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Kazan, Russia to preside over the 14th ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Hazar Imam was joined by Princess Zahra and her daughter Sara; Prince Hussain and his fiancée Ms Elizabeth Hoag; and Princess Salwa and Prince Irfan.

An Islamic Cemetery in Altach, Austria was presented with an Aga Khan award in 2013. Visitors are greeted by a congregation space with its wooden latticework in geometric Islamic patterns.
An Islamic Cemetery in Altach, Austria was presented with an Aga Khan award in 2013. Visitors are greeted by a congregation space with its wooden latticework in geometric Islamic patterns.
Why architecture matters: Part two
Why architecture matters: Part two
10 September 2019

We don’t often think about it, but architecture is everywhere. The philosopher and author Alain de Botton has said, “In an odd but quietly very important way, works of architecture ‘speak’ to us. Some buildings, streets and even whole cities seem to speak of chaos, aggression or military pride; others seem to be whispering to us of calm or graceful dignity, generosity or gentleness.”

Upon his arrival into Kazan, Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with an offering of traditional dishes from Russia and Tatarstan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Kazan

Upon his arrival into Kazan, Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with an offering of traditional dishes from Russia and Tatarstan.
Video: Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Kazan
10 September 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Kazan, Russia, on 11 September 2019. Later this week, Hazar Imam will preside over the 14th ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The Award is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture.

Experts in the fields of science, theology, law, and ethics are coming together to discuss the various implications of scientific advances.
Experts in the fields of science, theology, law, and ethics are coming together to discuss the various implications of scientific advances.
Interview with Professor El-Nasir Lalani, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at AKU
Interview with Professor El-Nasir Lalani, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at AKU
30 August 2019

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr El-Nasir Lalani, Founding Director and Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Translational Medicine at the Aga Khan University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine. Professor Lalani discusses the implications of scientific breakthroughs in a rapidly changing world, and the potential of stem cell research to better treat diseases in the future.

Originally intended to help with productivity tasks such as email, calendars, and contact lists; mobile apps have expanded into countless other areas.
Originally intended to help with productivity tasks such as email, calendars, and contact lists; mobile apps have expanded into countless other areas.
Converting digital acumen into social capital
Converting digital acumen into social capital
30 August 2019

Originally intended to help with productivity tasks such as email, calendars, and contact lists; mobile apps have expanded into other areas such as games, location-services, purchasing, and countless others. Here we feature three Ismaili entrepreneurs who have ventured into the app space, and are helping others through their technology.

Technology has unlocked countless opportunities for students looking to get ahead in today’s world of rapid change; (From top to bottom) Sana Lakdawala, Zain Bhanji, and Azima Dhanjee.
Technology has unlocked countless opportunities for students looking to get ahead in today’s world of rapid change; (From top to bottom) Sana Lakdawala, Zain Bhanji, and Azima Dhanjee.
Young Ismailis prepare for a digitised world
Young Ismailis prepare for a digitised world
29 August 2019

With the growth of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and social media, young Ismailis around the world are preparing themselves to be at the forefront of newly emerging fields of endeavour. 

I-CERV volunteers of all ages take pride in supporting the beautification of Whitney Pond Park.
I-CERV volunteers of all ages take pride in supporting the beautification of Whitney Pond Park.
United States Jamat works to promote sustainability
United States Jamat works to promote sustainability
29 August 2019

Science has provided humankind with countless advancements, but also the ability to cause damage to the environment. Through awareness, education, and action, small steps at the individual level can lead to collective positive change. In this vein, Ismailis across the United States have taken steps to help sustain the planet’s resources for the future. 

Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.
Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.
The future of work: Three skills to acquire
The future of work: Three skills to acquire
29 August 2019

Due to advances in technology, the landscape of work and jobs has changed significantly in the last 30 years. Some industries have progressed rapidly, while others have declined, which has shifted and disrupted standards of living and career aspirations. As the relationship between virtual and real becomes ever more blurred, how can we prepare for the next 30 years?

Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture announced
Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture announced
28 August 2019

Earlier this week, six winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture cycle were announced, recognising a wide variety of projects in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Palestine, the Russian Federation, Senegal, and the United Arab Emirates.

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