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Three cheers for the Aga Khan

The Aga Khan's architecture awards are surely the most impressive in the world. Set up in 1977 to celebrate buildings and planning schemes that can help improve life in countries 'in which Muslims have a significant presence', the triennial awards have been given to work mostly in Asia and Africa as different as housing for the very poorest, office towers, urban parks and squares, villas for the wealthy, rehabilitation of slums, conservation of palaces, fortresses and ancient walled cities.

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