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Practice : Fall 2008
The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme A traveling exhibition showcasing buildings and public spaces as cultural manifestations makes a temporary home at the BAC. NEWSWORTHY ] THE AGA KHAN HISTORIC CITIES PROGRAMME Cairo, Delhi, Kabul. Revitalizing an historic metropolis and creating green space in a mediaeval city. Binding cultural tradition to environmental and economic change and restoring hope in war-torn cities. Syria , Afghanistan, Zanzibar. Exploring and restoring citadels and ancient skylines. Enhancing cultural tourism and encouraging conservation work. Buildings and public spaces are manifestations of cultures, past and present, representing human endeavours that can enhance quality of life, foster self- understanding and community values. e Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme's traveling exhibition, exempli ed these ideals. e exhibition depicted the work of the Historic Cities Programme on illustrated panels, which described the relationship between cultural identity, the built environment and socioeconomic development. e Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme is an important initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Beyond mere restoration of monuments, the Programme engages in activities related to adaptive re-use, contex- tual urban planning, the improve- ment of housing, infrastructure and public spaces. It carries out related socioeconomic development initiatives directed at upgrading local living conditions. Its projects discover and mobilize untapped local potential and resources in order to ensure the eventual self-sustainability of AKHCP initiatives in terms of operational income, human resources and institutional management capabil- ities. rough this integrated approach, the Programme seeks to demonstrate that strengthening cultural identity can go hand in hand with socioeconomic progress. e Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme exhibition was designed for all ages, from grade-school to university students or anyone interested in learning about Muslim civilizations. It speaks to the role of culture and history in Muslim civilizations and how the revitalization of architecture can build bridges, not only between the past and the present in the Muslim world, but also between the Muslim world and the West. Ultimately the exhibition provided a glimpse of a force for positive development in the Muslim world that seeks to use conservation and revitalization of cultural heritage as a spring- board for social development using untapped local potential and resources. In conjunction with the exhibition, the BAC presented the lecture Dealing with Historic Urban Sites and Local Communi- ties in the Context of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, delivered by Dr. Stefano Bianca, Director Emeritus of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. Dr. Nasiruddin Jamal, President of the Ismaili Council for the Northeastern U.S.A., visited the BAC on several occasions to participate with BAC educational leadership during the exhibition and to receive guests at the opening reception. left to right: Visitors view McCormick Gallery exhibition; Dr. Stefano Bianca lectures PRACTICE 15