(CP-Africa)- A city restoration project in Tunis has emerged one of the winners of the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture with a US$500,000 prize. The project has worked to revitalize the hyper center of the capital city. It has also listed and restored key monuments in the city.
The award panel noted that the urban revitalization plan, devised and spearheaded by the Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina de Tunis (ASM), has restructured the public spaces of the area around Avenue Bourguiba and Avenue de France and made them chiefly pedestrian.
The award that was launched 33 years ago, is in its eleventh cycle and rewards buildings that are environmentally friendly, recognizes local culture and espouses a historical context. Speaking in Doha, Mr. Mohammed al-Asad, a member of the awards steering committee said that the Aga Khan Award emphasizes the impact a building has on people around it, unlike other architectural prizes which only celebrate architectural creativity and visual beauty.
Other winners include a school built on a bridge in China, a textile factory in Turkey, a museum at an archaeological site in Spain, and a reclaimed wetland in Saudi Arabia. The winners were selected from a shortlist of 19 building projects out of 401 entrants from across the world.
Pictures of the city restoration project: Photo/COURTESY/AKDN