Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Tabiat pedestrian bridge wins world’s most prestigious award for architecture

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Tabiat pedestrian bridge in Tehran was named among the six winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, AP reported.

The winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced on Monday in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The five other winners of the architecture award included a children’s center in China, a park in Denmark,  two projects from Bangladesh and an Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Lebanon.

The architects of each project will receive a share of a $1 million (£700,000) fund, which makes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture one of the world’s most lucrative architecture prizes.

The awards are given out every three years, and recognize projects in locations that have substantial Muslim populations. The six 2016 winners were selected from 19 shortlisted projects announced in May of this year.

The $1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture was set up by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to acknowledge and encourage projects that address the needs of Muslims the world over.

Winners will receive their awards at a ceremony next month in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

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Tabiat pedestrian bridge, Tehran designed by diba tensile architecture Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi

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4 Comments

  1. Naseem

    October 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Just to clarify, the Aga Khan Award, while very important, is not the most prestigious award for architecture in the world as it is only for architecture in societies in which Muslims have a significant presence.

  2. Bahram Mobasheri, PhD

    October 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

    From where did you get this wrong idea that this award is the world’s most prestigious architectural award? It is among those in bottom of list.

  3. hamid

    October 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    real ugly!

  4. Sepehr

    November 15, 2016 at 1:12 am

    The Tabiat bridge is undoubtedly a superb technical achievement on the part of its Iranian architects and engineers. They must have suffered through many technical challenges having to do with the irregular space frame type design of the pedestrian bridge and the finite element structural engineering analysis that would have allowed them to overcome these challenges. The bridge’s designers deserve high grades for their effort. The only constructive criticism that can be offered has to do with the x-bracing aesthetics on the outer perimeter which interrupts the smooth flowing arcs which define the bridge’s horizontal elements. The vertical x-braced frames represent a harsh visual disruption and could have been aesthetically designed to harmonize with the nicely flowing horizontal lines of the bridge. Regardless, great job !

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