Category Archives: Building & Structure

Aga Khan museum being built near Don Mills and Eglinton in Toronto

Ten things Toronto can look forward to in 2013 One year ends, a new one arrives, and with it hopes for something better. However irrational, that is the expectation for 2013 — that things will improve for Toronto. Let’s face … Continue reading

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Winning Taiwan Tower hosts a “21st-Century Oasis”

Japanese architecture firm Sou Fujimoto has won the Taiwan Tower International Competition with its green architecture design that features a floating forest. The competition is part of a larger urban plan in Taichung, Taiwan as a part of a new development for … Continue reading

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Istanbul’s Disaster Education Centre concept doubles as emergency housing

Portugal’s OODA architectural firm has conceptualized a Disaster Education Centre that also doubles as an emergency shelter in the event of a real-life disaster. The centre has been designed for the city of Istanbul and would be fully equipped with adequate technology and facilities … Continue reading

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China/Taiwan commercial hub planned for Pingtan

International architectural firm 10 Design has recently won the opportunity to master plan a 93-hectare (230-acre) waterfront central business district as part of a new development for Pingtan in China. Pingtan, being the closest Chinese island to Taiwan, is to … Continue reading

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Pearl River Necklace bridge: a twisted solution to an unusual traffic problem

Luckily there aren’t many countries that drive on the opposite side of the road and share borders. However, they do exist, such as China, which drives on the right, and the former British colony of Hong Kong, and former Portuguese … Continue reading

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100MW concentrated solar power plant to be built in the UAE

The largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the Middle East is to be built in Madinat Zayed, approximately 120 km (75 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). When it becomes operational in 2012, the … Continue reading

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Aga Khan centre in King’s Cross Railway Lands talks

AN Islamic centre bankrolled by one of the world’s richest men has become the latest potential tenant to show interest in taking up some of the empty space at the King’s Cross Railway Lands development. The Aga Khan, the hereditary … Continue reading

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Aga Khan Islamic center under way in Toronto

TORONTO — The Aga Khan, leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, has broken ground on a $300 million Islamic center that will include the first museum of Islamic art and culture in North America. More than a decade … Continue reading

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Hume: New Ismaili complex will enrich Toronto

Of all the gifts ever given to Toronto, none is more beautiful than the Aga Khan’s The spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims came to town Friday to break ground on a remarkable project that will include a museum of … Continue reading

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Correa to design Islamic Centre in Canada

Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims has committed to build a poject in Toronto that will showcase the progressive side of Islamic culture to the people.The centre is supposed to built at Eglinton Avenue and Wynford Drive, … Continue reading

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Cairo’s Green Lung – Al-Azhar Park

From garbage dump to municipal park. The impressions of Alexandria I shared in a recent post were largely negative, so here I’ll present a happier picture: a green oasis in Cairo built upon a former garbage dump. The photos are mine; … Continue reading

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Al-Azhar: An Ancient Centre of Learning

Al-Azhar (The Luminous) was constructed as the central grand-mosque for Cairo by al-Qaid Jawhar al-Siqillí when he took Egypt for the Fatimid Imam-Caliph al-Mu‘izz li Dín Allah in 969 CE and founded Cairo as its capital city. It was inaugurated … Continue reading

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Taj Mahal – An Architects Point Of View

By Professor Marvin H. Mills In their book TAJ MAHAL-THE ILLUMINED TOMB, Wayne Edison Begley and Ziyaud-Din Ahmad Desai have put together a very commendable body of data and information derived from contemporary sources and augmented with numerous photo illustrations, … Continue reading

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Serena Opens Branch At Lake Victoria, Uganda

Kampala — THE Serena Group has set up a second hotel in the country, the Lake Victoria Serena Resort. The resort, which is part of the Aga Khan economic empire, lies on an expansive piece of land measuring 275 acres … Continue reading

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H.H The Aga Khan’s Economic Empire Launched at Lake Victoria

Styled to replicate the lines of a classically rustic Roman villa, which might just as easily stand amid the sunflowers of the Tuscan Hills, as on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria Serena Resort is the latest addition … Continue reading

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Aleppo, Syria, to Undergo Historical Restoration

In this ancient fortress city in northern Syria, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements, an ambitious restoration project is near completion in the Old City. Bloomberg is reporting that a master plan for development has been laid out … Continue reading

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Unique Design Shape Cube at Everson Museum of Art

Is a project designed by renowned architect, the building functions as a small museum with limited budgets. With the concept of a unique form of cube design, Everson Museum of Art became one of the focal point of attention when … Continue reading

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