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AGA KHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE ASSISTS IN SAMARKAND REVITALISATION

 AGA KHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE ASSISTS IN SAMARKAND REVITALISATION
 DZBEKISTAN, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- At a ceremony at Samarkand's town hall, the mayor of Samarkand, Aziz Nasirov, presented awards and trophies to five winners of the Samarkand Revitalisation competition for ideas today.
 The $150,000 prize was shared equally between five teams from U.K., USA, Japan, France and Russia.
 The competition for ideas sponsored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Union of CIS Architects and the Union of Uzbek Architects received 686 submissions from 68 countries -- the highest number that any competition of this kind has ever elicited. The competition was directed at seeking proposals for a cultural center dedicated to Ulugh Beg on a 27 hectare site where the historic center of the city of Samarkand has an urban history of over 2,500 years. Samarkand's development, growth, prosperity, and its rich creative traditions are interwoven with the history of the legendary Silk Route which crossed Central Asia.
 The Samarkand Revitalisation takes its name from the grandson of Timur, Ulugh Beg, an astronomer, mathematician, poet and scientist, as well as a connoisseur of architecture. The competition for ideas seeks to revitalize the historical core of the city within the context of modern Samarkand, and the important site connects the ancient Timurid parts of the city with the 19th and 20th century areas of expansion.
 The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, promotes and focuses attention on contemporary expressions of the Islamic humanistic tradition, concentrating mainly on the architecture and planning of the built environment.
 The trust incorporates three main activities, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the largest architectural prize in the world; the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Historic Cities Support Programme, which is involved in restoration projects in Marrakesh, Morocco; Karimabad, Pakistan; Cairo, Egypt; and Zanzibar.
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