It’s a formidable challenge – building places in a rapidly urbanising planet that are fit for humans to inhabit. Some take the view that our architects and town planners are failing us. But a new kind of architect is rising to the challenge by thinking outside the square. They’re designing buildings that aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, but also help to make our increasingly crowded planet a better place to be.
Architects on the Frontline takes us behind the scenes of the world's richest prize in architecture - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In 2008, 401 projects were presented for consideration of which 19 were selected for competition and 5 winners were chosen at the end of the two year period by an independent Master Jury.
The Aga Khan Development Network focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.