U.S. Embassy Supports Third Annual Travel Lebanon Exhibition

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Richard H. Jones attended the launch of the “Travel Lebanon” exhibition at the Beirut Hippodrome, organized by Hospitality Services with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism. The theme of this year’s third annual Travel Lebanon exhibition is “Promoting Internal Tourism in Lebanon” and aims to showcase Lebanon’s hidden gems and cultural heritage. During the five-day event running from May 24-28, 60 exhibitors will represent their regions, municipalities, guesthouses, and outdoor activities to over 25,000 visitors.

During his remarks at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Jones stressed that “today’s event demonstrates our continuous partnership with Lebanon to build economic resilience and promote growth by ensuring that communities throughout the country reap the benefits of tourism.” Minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon also attended the opening ceremony and toured exhibitor booths with Ambassador Jones.

Since 2003, USAID has worked to harness the economic growth potential of Lebanese tourism by supporting the development of rural tourism destinations and ecotourism activities such as mountain hiking trails, guesthouses, heritage food events, and cross-country skiing in Lebanon. The USAID-funded Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project, which funded the Travel Lebanon exhibition, seeks to complement these efforts by developing businesses, products, and sites that generate income for small businesses, particularly through creating jobs and expanding economic opportunities in rural areas for women and youth

Pikasso Reveals Canal 8® Network

Pikasso is delighted to announce the launching of Canal 8®, the new Large Format Digital network.

The announcement comes after the installation of 7 to become 8 large formats LED screens located in Beirut City and on the Highway from Beirut to Jounieh.

Canal 8® provides massive coverage in and out of Beirut, the LED screens are located as follows:
Beirut City: EU Embassy Saifi – Ring Downtown – Port of Beirut – Cola Bridge (Airport road).
Highway: Quarantaine Bridge – Jal El Dib – Jounieh.
Each location is equipped with a dedicated generator operated by Pikasso to guarantee a constant power supply.

Pikasso is always committed to delivering the highest efficiency and display 6 ads maximum of 8 seconds each. As part of its CSR and as a commitment for the safety of our fellow citizens, Pikasso displays static messages.

Advertisers have now in their hands 3 Out-of-Home Pikasso digital opportunities:

Canal 8® Network: to cover main axis of Beirut City and coastal Highway to Jounieh.
Beirut Digital Constellation® Network: 15 screens 4×3 to cover thoroughly Beirut City.
LCD Malls Network: 26 LCD 70’ screens at LeMall Dbayeh and CITYMALL.
This unique Pikasso cross-selling system allows a holistic digital communication and engagement.

Canal 8® originates from the mystical Canal 5, 7 and 9 representing the golden age of Lebanon.

To launch the first digital large format network a teaser / revealer campaign was displayed.
Canal 8® Teaser Campaign:

Pikasso Partners with Blue Bite for the launching of the Mobile Bridge

Pikasso, a leading Out-of-Home advertising company in the Levant & North Africa, and Blue Bite, an American leading mobile-marketing solutions provider, announced today their partnership to implement the latest in OOH mobile marketing.

“We are excited to partner with Pikasso, the leading out-of-home advertising company in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Algeria, said Mikhail Damiani, CEO and Co-Founder of Blue Bite. “This marks the largest expansion of our mobile solution outside of North America, spanning Pikasso’s 8,840 advertising faces in over 300 cities.”

This first of its kind mobile rollout in the Levant and North Africa will extend the impact of brand campaigns with unique mobile experiences for consumers.

The Mobile Bridge offers the most widely used platforms to connect OOH placements to their related mobile content through the scanning of a QR code and/or taping a Near Field Communication (NFC) mTAG. This new Pikasso service enables, among others, flexibility, real time control and solutions-focused to advisers. It is an opportunity to increase advertiser’s exposure and to reach younger consumers.

Antonio Vincenti, Chairman and CEO of Pikasso, said: “Our aim is to have within a year almost every single advertiser having experienced and regularly using this cutting edge engaging tool to reach the connected generation born and raised surrounded by screens. The objective of the Mobile Bridge is to support our advertisers sales while being entertaining, at a very affordable cost.”

Pikasso is launching this state of the art technology in malls, gyms and urban furniture in Lebanon, Jordan and Algeria. The Mobile Bridge will be able to draw on new segments whilst expanding OOH beyond its traditional channels. It is an interactive mobile solution connecting consumers with brands.

About Blue Bite (www.bluebite.com)
Blue Bite is a leading mobile-marketing solutions provider utilizing a targeted, location-based approach to reach captive audiences on their personal mobile devices. Blue Bite has partnered with many of the leading Out-of-Home companies in the U.S. and prides itself on creating an interactive two-way engagement by enabling consumers to connect with digital and traditional media via their mobile phones.

Pikasso New Concession: Station® Network

We are delighted to announce that Pikasso signed an agreement with Medco to launch its first exclusive gas station concession in Lebanon.

Medco, one of the largest Lebanese full product line petroleum companies, has a reputation of excellent servicing, quality fuel, and a profile of upscale clients that are loyal due to the pioneering Liter Plus card that was the first to be launched in Lebanon.

32 Scrollers Backlits are installed in a selection of 25 stations in Beirut, its Metropolitan Area and Mount Lebanon

All 2m2 Scrollers Backlits are positioned at eye level and offer a long exposure due to their implementation as they are just in front of drivers, while filling their tanks, or at the entrance of the Medmart & Calmart mini markets. Inside Beirut City, the locations are also visible by cars and pedestrian passing by the station.

The Station® Network enables high visibility to target consumers regularly visiting the gas stations several times a month. It is a new place based advertising opportunity to add to your OOH Media Plans, reaching motorized audience and providing cost effectiveness.

The Station® Network is ideal to target the consumers of the following industries:
– Financial products: bank car loans and insurance.
– Car segment: cars, pneumatic, car oil and accessories.
– Products sold in Medmart & Calmart that are open 24/7: snacks, candies, bakery, cosmetics, detergents, canned products, dairy products, condiments, rice/pasta and fresh products. It targets specific shoppers due to parking places, accessibility and time. – See more at: http://www.pikasso.com/Lebanon/en/News/Press-Releases/Pikasso-New-Concession-Station-Network&year=#sthash.0Vg1h3R7.dpuf

LAUNCH OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION

The international design competition for Lebanese origin architects launches October 1,
2015 with a Jury headed by Lord Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize
(Beirut/New York) October 1, 2015 – The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition
of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) is pleased to announce the launch of a design
competition for a new modern and contemporary art museum in the heart of Beirut,
Lebanon.
Situated on a historic and symbolic site across from the National Museum in the
Achrafieh district of Beirut, the museum is one of the most significant developments for
Lebanese art and culture in a generation. The yet-to-be-named museum is envisioned
as a multidisciplinary hub of art and design dedicated to showcasing modern and
contemporary Lebanese culture. Set to open in 2020, its collections and program are
being developed with the aim of bringing together diverse populations and narratives
from the region and beyond. While located on a site owned by Université Saint-Joseph
in Beirut, the museum will retain an independent governance structure.
APEAL, known for its leadership as an international platform promoting arts and culture
from Lebanon, seeks an innovative architectural design dedicated to its core mission of
nurturing and promoting art from Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora, both regionally
and within an international context. The competition is open to architects of Lebanese
origin practicing either in Lebanon or abroad.
The independent jury of renowned international and regional experts, chaired by Lord
Peter Palumbo, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, includes Zaha Hadid, Hans
Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Rodolphe Khoury, Lamia Joreige, and Fares Al
Dahdah
, in addition to representatives from APEAL and Université Saint-Joseph.
The finalist will be an exceptional architect who identifies with the project values and
understands the significance of designing a cultural institution in the current urban,
social, economic and political context of the country and region. The call to architects
entails two stages:
Stage One: Request for Qualifications (RFQ), open to all architects of Lebanese
origin working in Lebanon or abroad. Based on the submissions to this RFQ, a
short list of up to ten architects will be established. The online submission
template can be found here: www.amuseuminthemaking.com
The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 4 January 2016, at 6pm [Beirut
standard time; GMT+2 hours].
Stage Two: Shortlisted architects will be invited to participate in a
comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) to envision strategies for the site
and develop a concept scheme design for the museum, along with technical and
commercial elements.
The winning proposal will be selected in Fall 2016.
For further information on how to enter visit www.amuseuminthemaking.com
or contact info@amuseuminthemaking.com
This is the first of many exciting announcements on the ongoing museum project. In the
coming months the museum will announce its official name, details about its collections
and programming, and its curatorial staff. The search for the museum’s founding
director is currently underway.
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Notes to Editors:
ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION AND EXHIBITION OF ARTS IN
LEBANON (APEAL)

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) is a
non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and encouraging Lebanese artists by
projecting their artwork beyond conventional borders and onto a larger screen. One of
APEAL’s goals is to create a common platform and magnet for creativity by presenting
eclectic collections gathered from a universe of gifted visual, literary or performing
artists.
APEAL strives to be a point of connection in vital cultural conversations between
civilizations. Composed of Lebanese and international members from around the world,
the group envisions launching exchange programs between artists from the Lebanese
scene and counterparts elsewhere, from universities and art academies. It is dedicated
to granting scholarships to promising talent, and contributing to the formation of
trained curators and professionals to help put them on a par with their peers the world
over. By creating this window, APEAL is helping nurture the seeds of Lebanon’s artistic
potential and preserving its cultural fabric in a vibrant, forward-looking post-conflict
society. http://www.apeal-lb.org
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Katrina Weber Ashour, FITZ & CO
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e: katrina@fitzandco.com
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e: taylor.maatman@fitzandco.com

MEA proudly announces the arrival of its new A330

The new A330 aircraft, state-of-the-art and top in its class, arrived at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut on May the 25th at 18:00 from Toulouse, France. MEA has chosen a spacious layout for its new A330, consisting of 44 seats in Cedar Class and 200 seats in Economy Class. With the arrival of this new aircraft, MEA today fully operates 20 brand new state-of-the-art aircraft, 5 A330’s – 2 A321’s and 13 A 320’s. This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration and support of all the MEA family. Best wishes for all MEA new fleet bearing the color of Lebanese flag, with its elegant style and comfort. – See more at: https://www.mea.com.lb/english/about-us/news-and-press-releases/mea-proudly-announces-the-arrival-of-its-new-a330#sthash.GwkeNBrD.dpuf

IATA notification concerning Samsung GALAXY note7

Carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is prohibited on MEA flights. The ban applies to devices carried in the cabin, carry-on baggage, checked baggage, or as air cargo.

Passengers who are in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cannot board the aircraft unless and until the passenger removes the phone from their person as well as carry-on and checked baggage. – See more at: https://www.mea.com.lb/english/about-us/news-and-press-releases/-iata-notification-concerning-samsung-galaxy-note7#sthash.nxhb0iGi.dpuf

MEA Signs 5 Year Deal With SITA

Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) has signed a new five-year master agreement with global communications provider SITA to introduce new, faster connectivity across the airline’s network. The contract marks a continuation of the strong relationship between the two organizations, which dates back more than 60 years to February 1956 when MEA first became a SITA member.

The agreement includes SITA Connect which provides the airline with unrivalled network coverage. SITA’s technology will ensure that MEA can maintain fast, effective links with its 26 outstations across the globe, providing a headquarters-like experience across its vast network. MEA have also extended their use of SITA’s Community Messaging service, allowing the airline to share operational messaging across their airline’s global network of offices and outstations. Both solutions leverage SITA’s common-use infrastructure, providing cost-effective communication solutions no matter where an airline chooses to fly.

Barbara Dalibard, CEO of SITA commented: “At SITA we understand the vital importance of fast, reliable communication in supporting an airline’s day-to-day operations and therefore SITA continues to develop new solutions that meet the industry’s evolving demands. We have long supported MEA and will continue to work with the airline, as we have over the past 60 years, to deliver communication solutions that meet their changing requirements and help them build a stronger, more efficient business.

The new agreement was signed during Dalibard’s visit to MEA’s headquarters where she met with MEA Chairman and Director-General Mohamad El-Hout. She also visited the MEA’s new training center where she met several senior MEA executives as well as put one of the airline’s new aircraft simulators through its paces.

Mr. El-Hout said: “We have taken an important step forward with this agreement and we are excited to continue our collaboration with SITA in the coming years. We chose SITA because of its unrivalled global reach and excellent service. They have been an important partner in helping us grow our business across the region and the globe.

Adib Charif, Head of Information Technology at MEA: “This investment in new technology and communication infrastructure underpins every aspect of our business and therefore, we needed a partner that had the ability to support us 24/7 and across all the cities from which we fly. In this regard SITA stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Hani El-Assaad, SITA President, Middle East, India and Africa said: “Our decades of experience of working with MEA will enable us to support the airline’s growth in the years to come by providing the right solution at the right time.

MEA currently covers 32 global destinations and carries more than 2.6 million passengers a year. – See more at: https://www.mea.com.lb/english/about-us/news-and-press-releases/mea-signs-5-years-deal-with-sita#sthash.7MvqpKRE.dpuf

SkyTeam launches frequent flyer retro-crediting

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has introduced an online, retroactive credit tool to make it easier for frequent flyers to keep their account balances up-to-date. Already available across most of SkyTeam’s 20 members, the tool works in real-time to validate retroactive requests for eligible flights in a matter of clicks.

The new tool eliminates the need for manual processing of post-travel claims such as when a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) number has not been entered into a reservation. Customers simply log into their FFP account, enter their flight details and the system validates the request in seconds. Eligible flights are credited to their account automatically and retroactive requests can be made as little as one week after the date of travel – the shortest time frame in the industry.

“We are offering a fast, simple and seamless way to claim missing miles across the alliance for our more than 200 million frequent flyers,” said Michael Schutzbank, SkyTeam’s Director for Customer Loyalty. “Uncredited flights can make a difference when it comes to a customer’s status level or being able to claim an award ticket, but this quick and easy solution ensures our frequent flyers benefit from every mile flown.”

“SkyTeam’s new retroactive credit tool is another example of how our alliance is leading the industry in customer-centric innovation,” said Perry Cantarutti, SkyTeam’s CEO and Managing Director. “Loyalty is a key focus for SkyTeam. We greatly value our frequent flyers and our ongoing investment in technology will continue to deliver value both for customers and our member airlines by enhancing every aspect of the travel experience.”

Offering aligned customer benefits alliance-wide is a priority for SkyTeam and the remaining airlines will be implementing the new tool over the coming months. SkyTeam was also the first airline alliance to deliver a consistent series of airport benefits across its network, when it launched SkyPriority in 2012. For more information about SkyTeam loyalty programs, please click here.

SkyTeam Frequent Flyer Programs – key facts

•17 different SkyTeam FFPs

•200+ million Frequent Flyer members

•Delta Air Lines has the longest-established FFP of our members, launched in 1981

•The newest SkyTeam FFP is Air Europa’s SUMA, launched last year – See more at: https://www.mea.com.lb/english/about-us/news-and-press-releases/skyteam-launches-frequent-flyer-retro-crediting#sthash.1hjNszNM.dpuf

Winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture celebrate inclusivity and pluralism

Al Ain, UAE, 6 November 2016 – The winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were celebrated in a glittering tribute at the Al Jahili fort in Al-Ain, UAE, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Chairman of the Award, and various dignitaries from the United Arab Emirates and abroad.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in architecture. It was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.

In the speech he delivered at the ceremony, His Highness the Aga Khan said that “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.” He also reaffirmed his belief that “the spirit of pluralism has been central to the great achievements of past Islamic cultures – and it remains a central principle for these Awards.”

The winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which were first announced on 3 October 2016 at the Al Jahili fort in Al Ain, are:

BANGLADESH

Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka (Architect: Marina Tabassum): A refuge for spirituality in urban Dhaka, selected for its beautiful use of natural light.

Friendship Centre, Gaibandha (Architect: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA): A community centre which makes a virtue of an area susceptible to flooding in rural Bangladesh.

CHINA

Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing (Architect: ZAO / standardarchitecture, Zhang Ke): A children’s library selected for its embodiment of contemporary life in the traditional courtyard residences of Beijing’s Hutongs.

DENMARK

Superkilen, Copenhagen (Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex): A public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture.

IRAN

Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran (Architect: Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi): A multi-level bridge spanning a busy motorway has created a dynamic new urban space.

LEBANON

Issam Fares Institute, Beirut (Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects): A new building for the American University of Beirut’s campus, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context.

The Venue for the Award Ceremony: Al Ain

Ceremonies to announce the winning projects and mark the close of each triennial cycle are always held in settings selected for their architectural and cultural importance to the Muslim world. Today’s ceremony was held at the Al Jahili Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.

Construction of Al Jahili Fort began in 1891 under Sheikh Zayed the First. Completed in 1898, it remained a residence of the Al Nahyan family for many years. It underwent a comprehensive rehabilitation between 2007 and 2008 by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage with the collaboration of Eike Roswag, an Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner in 2007. The Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

Previous venues for Award ceremonies encompass many of the most illustrious architectural achievements in the Muslim world, including Shalimar Gardens in Lahore (1980), Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (1983), Badi’ Palace in Marrakech (1986), the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo (1989), Registan Square in Samarkand (1992), Karaton Surakarta in Solo (1995), the Alhambra in Granada (1998), the Citadel of Aleppo (2001) and the gardens of Emperor Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi (2004).

About the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Over the last 39 years of the Award, prizes have been given to projects across the globe, from France to China. Architects and planners from New York to Dhaka have received one of 116 awards. During the nomination process, more than 9,000 building projects were documented.

Over the course of the last 39 years, most of the great architects of our time have either won the Award or served on its Master Jury or Steering Committee, from Zaha Hadid to Norman Foster, Charles Correa to Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel to Hassan Fathy.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture selects projects – from slum upgrading to high rise “green” buildings – that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Because these achievements typically involve successful collaboration between many people, the Award recognises mayors, builders, clients, master craftsmen, engineers and end-users – as well as architects.

The 2016 Master Jury

The Master Jury was completely independent in the selection it made from the 348 nominated projects in 69 countries. Projects commissioned by the Aga Khan or any of the institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network were ineligible. The nine members of the 2016 Master Jury are:

Suad Amiry, Founder, Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, Ramallah; Emre Arolat, Founder, EAA – Emre Arolat Architecture, Istanbul; Akeel Bilgrami, Sydney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York; Luis Fernàndez-Galiano, Editor, Architectura Viva, Madrid; Hameed Haroon, Chief Executive Officer, Herald Publications, Karachi; Lesley Lokko, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg; Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge; Dominique Perrault, Founder, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris; and Hossein Rezai, Director, Web Structures, Singapore.

The 2016 Steering Committee

The Award is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan (please see the biographies of Steering Committee). The current members of the Steering Committee are:

His Highness the Aga Khan (Chairman); David Adjaye, founder and principal architect of Adjaye Associates, which has offices in London, New York and Accra; Mohammad al-Asad, the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman, Jordan; Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO, Paris, France; Hanif Kara, a practicing structural engineer and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University; Kamil Merican, founding partner of GDP Architects Malaysia; Azim Nanji, a social scientist who is Special Advisor to the Provost at the Aga Khan University and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa; Professor Gülru Necipoglu, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art at Harvard University; Brigitte Shim, a principal in the Toronto-based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto; and Yu Kongjian, founder and dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape and the Changjiang Chair Professor of Design, at Peking University. Farrokh Derakhshani is Director of the Award.

The Award Book

A monograph, which includes essays on issues arising raised by the Master Jury’s selections of the shortlist and the winners for the 2016 Award, is available from Lars Müller Publishers. The book, Architecture and Plurality, which was edited by Mohsen Mostafavi, includes descriptions and illustrations of the six winning projects. For more information, please see: https://www.lars-mueller-publishers.com/

For more information, please see the Press Kit: www.akdn.org/2016AwardWinners, the website (www.akdn.org/architecture/) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked In). The iPhone app is available from the iTunes store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aga-khan-award-for-architecture/id485296765?mt=8

For a full on-line press kit, which includes briefs on each of the winning projects, high resolution images, broadcast-quality video (for use by television stations and websites) and other information, please see www.akdn.org/2016AwardWinners. For further information, please send an email to the press contacts listed at the bottom of this press release.

On 5 November, a seminar drawing in municipal planners, architects and architect students from around the globe was held in the Dubai Ballroom at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai. Each of the winning architects discussed the process by which they came to design their buildings.

Press contact:

Sam Pickens
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
PO Box 2049, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Telephone: (41.22) 909.72.00
E-mail: info@akdn.org Website: www.akdn.org/architecture

NOTES

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the AKDN, is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter. In Islam’s ethical tradition, religious leaders not only interpret the faith but also have a responsibility to help improve the quality of life in their community and in the societies amongst which they live. For His Highness the Aga Khan, this has meant a deep engagement with development for over 50 years through the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is part of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which has a wide range of activities aimed at the preservation and promotion of the material and spiritual heritage of Muslim societies. As the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the Trust leverages cultural heritage as a means of supporting and catalysing development. Its programmes include the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (HCP), which works to revitalise historic cities in the Muslim world, both culturally and socioeconomically. Over the last decade, it has been engaged in the rehabilitation of historic areas in Cairo, Kabul, Herat, Aleppo, Delhi, Zanzibar, Mostar, northern Pakistan, Timbuktu and Mopti. The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) is an interregional music and arts education programme with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring, and artistic production activities. The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto presents an overview of the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. The Trust also supports the Muslim arts and architecture departments of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as www.ArchNet.org, a major online resource on Islamic architecture.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private development agencies working to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in Central and South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. AKDN agencies work for the common good of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion. Its underlying impulse is the ethic of compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for social and cultural development activities is US$ 625 million. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), an AKDN development agency that makes long-term investments in fragile economies, has annual revenues of over US$ 3.5 billion, but reinvests all surpluses in further development.