Tehran, Iran, 17th October, 2002—“We need to know our past, see our present and then design our future.” “How can we expand our ability to think more globally?” “With the satellite and the Internet, the world is now very small.” “The chance to discuss new ideas will make us current.”
At unprecedented encounters in the historic city of Yazd and in Tehran, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) brought together planners, architects and conservationists from France, Japan and the United States, as well as from the Maghreb, Lebanon, Turkey and Uzbekistan to a five-day international seminar on “Architecture for a Changing World” organised with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organisation and Iran’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning.
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