Aga Khan Historic Cities Support Programme
The Historic Cities Support Programme [http://www.akdn.org/agency/aktc_hcsp.html (HCSP)] of the
Aga Khan Trust for Culture[http://www.akdn.org/agency/aktc.html (AKTC)] promotes the conservation and re-use of buildings and public spacesin historic cities of the Muslim World. HCSP undertakes the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and public spaces in ways that can spur social, economic and cultural development. Individual projects go beyond technical restoration to address the questions of the social and environmental context, adaptive re-use, institutional sustainability and training. In several countries, local Aga Khan Cultural Servicecompanies have been formed to implement projects under the supervision of the HCSP headquarters in Geneva.
Role of the HCSP
The HCSP works closely with all project stakeholders, including the
community. The Programme is able to provide planning assistance to governmentand local conservation bodies. It provides technical expertise and can help to secure funding and resources by defining opportunities and approaches, preparing feasibility studies, and shaping proposals for submission to local investors and international agencies.
It also participates in urban conservation and development efforts that focus on building clusters, public spaces between and around buildings, a district, or a historic town. These projects aim to restore and maintain the
socioeconomicand cultural fabric of the designated area. The Programme also engages in restoring specific historic sites and buildings that include elements of urban landscape or single structures, for which appropriate new functions are developed to meet the socialand economicneeds of the respective communities.
The Programme is concerned with the long-term viability of its conservation projects and does support associated cultural initiatives in this regard. All enabling development factors - community support, innovative institutional structures, and commercial potential - are harnessed, whenever possible, to make conservation sustainable.
HCSP plans and executes projects with funding from the
Aga Khan Trust for Cultureand other donors. Institutions, such as the Getty Grant Program, World Monuments Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Swiss, Swedish and Norwegian bilateral aid organisations, and the World Bankhave sponsored or co-funded HCSP activities. HCSP establishes local service companies as partners in implementation and prepares them for autonomous operation as self-sustaining community organisations.
The Historic Cities Support Programme has been involved in nearly twenty distinct revitalisation projects in
Afghanistan, the Northern Areasof Pakistan, Zanzibar, Samarkand, Cairo, Mostar(Bosnia), Maliand Syria. In all project locations, community participation, training of local professionals and local institution-building are essential components.
*Restoration of the Great Mosque of
*Restoration of the gardens of
Humayun's Tomb[cite web |title=The Revitalisation of the Gardens of Emperor Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India |url=http://www.akdn.org/aktc/Humayun%20Brief%2004-2003.pdf |format=pdf] in Delhi, India
*Conservation of Forts in Hunza and
Baltistan[cite web |title=Conservation and Development in Hunza and Baltistan |url=http://www.akdn.org/hcsp/pakistan/NA_Conservation.pdf |format=pdf] , Pakistan
*Restoration and Conservation of old neighbourhoods of
*Conservation of the sixteenth century "
Bagh-e Babur" (Babur's Gardens) in Kabul, Afghanistan
*Repair and conservation of the late 18th century mausoleum of
Timur Shahin Kabul, Afghanistan
*Conservation of structures and upgrading of infrastructure in the old city of
*Repairs to the shrine complex of
Khoja Abdullah Ansari, dating from the Timuridperiod in Gozargah, Afghanistan
*Restoration of structures and conservation planning in Old Stone Town [cite web |title=Zanzibar Stone Town Projects |url=http://www.akdn.org/hcsp/zanzibarprojects.pdf |format=pdf] ,
*Creation of the 30 hectaire
Al-Azhar Parkfrom a garbage dump [cite web |title=The Azhar Park Project in Cairo and the Conservation and Revitalisation of Darb al-Ahmar |url=http://www.akdn.org/agency/aktc_hcsp_cairo.html] in Cairo, Egypt
*Preparation of a new master plan for the Timurid city in
*Restoration of key monuments, historic buildings and open spaces in the old city of
Mostar[cite web |title=Conservation and Revitalisation of Historic Mostar |url=http://www.akdn.org/hcsp/mostar.pdf |format=pdf] , Bosnia
*Provision of technical assistance and training to the Directorate of Antiquities in
Syriafor the conservation and management of three major citadels in Aleppo, Masyafand Qalat Salah ed-Din
Awards and Recognition
Time Magazine: [http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/best_of_asia/0,28757,1614524,00.html The Best of Asia Awards] - [http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/best_of_asia/article/0,28804,1614524_1614477_1614465,00.html Best Historic Restoration] awarded for the restoration of " Bagh-e Babur" (Babur's Gardens) in Kabul, Afghanistan.
UNESCO[http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=2080 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation] - [http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=4942 Award of Excellence] for the restoration of the Shigar Fort Palace in Skardu, Northern Pakistan[cite web |url=http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/culture/Heritage_Awards/2006_Entry/HAPressRelease2006.pdf |title=Shigar Fort Palace in Pakistan wins top prize in the 2006 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards - UNESCO Bangkok, September 1, 2006 |format=PDF |accessdate=2006-12-11] [cite web |url=http://www.akdn.org/news/2006sept1_shigar.htm |title=Shigar Fort Awarded Top Prize in the 2006 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards - AKDN, September 1, 2006 |accessdate=2006-12-11]
*2006 PATA [http://www.pata.org/patasite/index.php?id=128 GOLD Award] for Heritage and Culture awarded for the Restoration and Re-Use of Shigar Fort Palace in
Skardu, Northern Pakistan[cite web |url=http://www.pata.org/patasite/index.php?id=1343&backPID=1343&tt_news=228 |title=PATA Announces 2006 Gold Awards Winners |accessdate=2006-12-11]
UNESCO[http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=521 Asia Pacific Heritage Conservation Award of Merit] for the conservation of Amburiq Mosquein Skardu, Baltistan, Pakistan[cite web |url=http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/culture/Heritage_Awards/press_releases/HAPressRelease2005.pdf |title=Press Release: 2005 UNESCO Heritage Awards - UNESCO Bangkok, September 1, 2005 |format=PDF |accessdate=2006-12-11]
*2005 [http://www.time.com/time/asia Time Magazine Asia] , [http://www.time.com/time/asia/2005/boa/boa_fort.html Best of Asia Award] for the
Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley, Pakistan[cite web |url=http://www.time.com/time/asia/2005/boa/boa_fort.html |title=Best of Asia: Baltit Fort Hunza Valley, Pakistan - Time Asia, June 27, 2005 |accessdate=2006-12-11]
*2005 [http://www.travelandleisure.com Travel +Leisure magazine] [http://www.travelandleisure.com/globalvision/ Global Vision Innovation Award] for
Al-Azhar Parkin Cairo, Egypt[cite web |url=http://www.travelandleisure.com/globalvision/innovation.cfm |title=Innovation - T+L 2005 Global Vision Awards |accessdate=2006-12-11]
UNESCO[http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=535 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Conservation] - [http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=537 Award of Excellence] for the restoration of the 700-year-old Baltit Fortin Northern Pakistan[cite web |url=http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/culture/Heritage_Awards/press_releases/HA2004AwardWinners.pdf |title=Baltit Fort Awarded Top Prize in the UNESCO 2004 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards - UNESCO Bangkok, September 1, 2004 |format=PDF |accessdate=2006-12-11]
UNESCO[http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=534 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Conservation] - [http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=542 Award of Distinction] for the restoration of the 300-year old mausoleum of Syed Mir Muhammadin Khaplu, Baltistan, Pakistan[cite web |url=http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/culture/Heritage_Awards/press_releases/HA2003AwardWinners.pdf |title=Press Release: 2003 UNESCO Heritage Awards - UNESCO Bangkok, August 25, 2003 |format=PDF |accessdate=2006-12-11]
UNESCO[http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=533 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Conservation] - [http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=555 Award of Distinction] for the restoration of [http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=2165 four 300-year old wooden mosques] in Pakistan's Hunza Valley [cite web |url=http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/culture/Heritage_Awards/press_releases/HA2002WinnerProfiles.pdf |title=2002 Heritage Awards Winning Entries - UNESCO Bangkok, September 19, 2002 |format=PDF |accessdate=2006-12-11]
*2000 [http://www.tourismfortomorrow.com Tourism for Tomorrow Awards] : Global Winner - Karimabad and Baltit Project Development, Pakistan [cite web |url=http://www.tourismfortomorrow.com/prevwinners/pre03winners.pdf |title=BA Tourism for Tomorrow Previous Winners |format=PDF |accessdate=2006-12-11] [cite web |url=http://www.akdn.org/news/mountain.html#hcsp |title=Restoration of Landmark Buildings in Mountainous Northern Pakistan - AKDN |accessdate=2006-12-11]
*cite web |url=http://www.islamicamagazine.com/issue-15/rescuing-cairos-lost-heritage.html |title=Article: Rescuing Cairo's Lost Heritage - Islamica Magazine, Issue 15, 2006 |accessdate=2006-12-06
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*cite web | url=http://www.akdn.org/agency/aktc_hcsp.html | title=Historic Cities Support Programme (website) | accessdate=2006-11-22
*cite web | url=http://archnet.org/library/parties/one-party.tcl?party_id=545 | title=ArchNet Digital Library - Historic Cities Support Programme | accessdate=2006-11-29
*cite web | url=http://www.akdn.org/agency/aktc.html | title=Aga Khan Trust for Culture | accessdate=2006-11-22
*cite web | url=http://www.akdn.org/ | title=The Aga Khan Development Network | accessdate=2006-11-22
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