Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Aga Khan Architecture Award Nominees Announced

This year's nominees for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture have been announced.  The nominees include a broad range of buildings, mostly in the third world.  Interestingly, this isn't one of those naval-gazing exercises that the architecture and engineering community so often engages in.  Instead, it rewards architects along with cities, construction firms, and other organizations responsible for turning great ideas into great buildings.

The winner will be announced in Doha in October, 2010.

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll profile one nominee each day here along with pictures of the project.

Click here for more information on the Aga Khan architecture award.

The full press release follows:

New York, May 25, 2010 -- The shortlist of 19 nominees for the 2010 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today by the Master Jury. The nominees, which range from a textile factory in Turkey to a school built on a bridge in China, are located in Albania, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Turkey.
The projects shortlisted by the independent Master Jury are now being technically reviewed by a select group of architects, urban planners and engineers. The reviews, which emphasise the impact on the quality of life as well as architectural excellence, will be submitted to the Master Jury before the Award recipients are chosen.. The final Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar in October 2010.
The 19 nominees for the 11th Cycle of the Award are:
• Conservation of Gjirokastra, Gjirokastra, Albania
• Chandgaon Mosque, Chittagong, Bangladesh
• Nishorgo Visitor Interpretation Centre, Teknaf, Bangladesh
• CBF Women's Health Centre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
• Bridge School, Xiashi, China
• Tulou Collective Housing, Guangzhou, China
• Palmyra House, Alibagh, India
• Green School, Bali, Indonesia
• Reconstruction of Ngibikan Village, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
• Dowlat II Residential Building, Tehran, Iran
• American University of Beirut Campus Master Plan, Beirut, Lebanon
• Restoration of the Rubber Smokehouse, Lunas, Kedah, Malaysia
• Rehabilitation of Al Qaraouiyine Mosque, Fez, Morocco
• Souk Waqif, Doha, Qatar
• Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
• Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain
• Yodakandyia Community Centre, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka
• Revitalization of the recent Heritage of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia
• Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey

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