The Aga Khan, world leader of the Nizari group of Islamic Moslems, has called for long-term strategy in urban development.
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TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FIVE): AGA KHAN: "For Moslems, the relationship between a person's life and his or her physical surroundings, is a particularly critical matter. For us, there is no fundamental division, between the spiritual and the material. The whole world is an expression of Allah's creation, and the aesthetics of the environment we build are correspondingly important. This week, we come to questions which have the most profound implications, not only for Moslems but for the entire world. Fifty cities are expected to have in excess of 15 million by the end of the century. Are they going to collapse into disorder under the strain of expansion? And if solutions can be found.... satisfy the needs of inhabitants? Cairo is likely to be one of those 50 cities. But unlike many others, it has experience of centrally controlled urban planning going back over a century. And, more significantly, possesses the rich tradition of a thousand years of Islamic culture to which I referred to earlier. Egypt's efforts towards the conservation and rehabilitation of its heritage, have deservedly attracted international recognition and support. Whether we're architectural planners, engineers or builders, governors or governed, we have to ask ourselves what vision the Islamic world should have, of its cities, not today, but in 20 years time. With a clear vision of the kind of city which will serve the future of our faith, and our civilisation, with a vision which will fulfil the aspirations of Moslems, and improve the quality of their daily lives, we cannot succeed. Without it, we cannot. Thank you."
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Background: The Aga Khan, world leader of the Nizari group of Islamic Moslems, has called for long-term strategy in urban development. He made the appeal at the Conference Hall of the Arab League in Cairo on November 12, on the second day of the ninth International Seminar of the Aga Khan Award, of which he is founder and chairman. Egypt's Prime Minister Yousef Sabri Abou-Taleb attended the five-day seminary, which centred around the preservation and development of Cairo. During his stay in the Egyptian capital, the Aga Khan visited the city's historical buildings, including the Old Citadel, the Northern Cemeteries and the Darb Qirmiz Quarter, which has undergone extensive restoration work in recent years. Established in 1976, the Aga Khan award is the largest architectural prize in the world, worth up to 500,000 U.S. dollars every three years. The Award programme is designed to be a continuous study. The next series of Aga Khan awards under the scheme will be presented in 1986.