Following the announcement of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture on October 3, 2016 – the winners were commemorated at the historic Al Jahili Fort in Al-Ain on November 6, 2016. The ceremony took place in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai and His Highness The Aga Khan, Chairman of the Award, including an array of dignitaries from the United Arab Emirates and abroad.
Since its inception in 1977, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has served as a distinguished platform which has identified and supported architectural projects in Muslim communities across the world.
At the ceremony, His Highness The Aga Khan stated,“The spirit of the Award has been an inclusive one, valuing all manner of buildings and spaces, from skyscrapers to mud huts, from residences to work and gathering spaces, from reforestation and financing projects to cemeteries, bridges and parks, from the accomplishments of signature architects to those of anonymous craftsmen. This pluralistic approach may not echo the usual definition of the word ‘architecture’, but it is the closest we can get to the central inclusive message we want this Award to convey.”
The winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture include: Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Friendship Centre, Gaibandha, Bangladesh; Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing, China; Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran, Iran; and the Issam Fares Institute, Beirut, Lebanon.
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