Three African buildings are among 19 projects from across the globe competing for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
The three projects — in Burkina Faso, Morocco and Tunisia — carry the continent’s hopes as they face challenges from 16 other architectural works for the award, which is in its eleventh cycle.
Burkina Faso’s flag is flown by the CBF Women’s Health Centre set in a poor neighbourhood of Ouagadougou, the capital.
Tunisia’s building seeks to revitalise the country’s architectural heritage, while in Morocco, the sensitive rehabilitation of the Al-Qaraouiyine Mosque by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs has drawn acclaim.
Others competitors include buildings in Albania, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
Out of 401 projects presented for the 2010 award, the winners — selected by an independent jury from the short list of 19 projects prepared in May this year — will be announced in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday.
The glittering ceremony will be presided over by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, and the Aga Khan.
A seminar the day after the presentations, on Thursday, will see experts debate the issues raised by this year’s winning projects. The all-day event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha.