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9 projects win Aga Khan Award

September 07, 2007|From the Associated Press

A public square in Beirut, a skyscraper in Singapore and a renovated ancient city in Yemen are among the nine winners of the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which celebrates the mundane to the magnificent around the globe.

The nine winning projects, announced this week, will share the $500,000 award -- the world's biggest prize for architectural excellence -- given once every three years by the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of agencies that seek to improve living conditions in poor countries.

The network is headed by Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shiite Ismaili Muslims, a community of 15 million people living in 25 countries.

The projects that won the latest award are: the Samir Kassir Square in Beirut; the rehabilitation of the city of Shibam in Yemen; the University of Technology Petronas in Malaysia; the renovation of the walled city of Nicosia, Cyprus; the Central Market in Koudougou, Burkina Faso; restoration of the Amiriya Complex in Yemen; the 28-story Moulmein Rise Residential Tower in Singapore; the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and a school in Rudrapur, Bangladesh.

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