28 December 2007

Green Lungs for Vital Cities -- e.g. Al-Azhar Park in Cairo

My Developmental Entrepreneurship student Zehra Ali reminded me of the hugely important role the Aga Khan plays in global development, most especially in the areas of architecture, design, planning and above all, vital cities.

One glorious example of this sustained interest -- over several decades -- and enduring support is the creation of Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, Egypt, a wonderful example of urban innovation and greenscaping. A former municipal dump has been transformed into a "green lung" for the biggest city in Africa and an inspiration for vital cities worldwide!

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