Afghanistani Developments, Contemporary Building Project News, Design, Heart of Asia Properties
Contemporary Afghan Buildings – New Central Asian Built Environment, Property + Design Links
We feature a wide range of Afghanistan buildings, from contemporary to traditional. Some projects are new-build developments and others are conservation projects involving ancient heritage sites.
Afghanistan Architecture Designs – chronological list
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Building Developments
South Asia and Central Asia Architectural Projects + Key New Property Designs, alphabetical:
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Afghan Building Developments
Contemporary Afghan Architecture Projects in more detail – a key selection from the e-architect website below:
Architectural heritage like you haven’t seen it before
“Ways of Seeing” project documents endangered Afghan heritage sites through digital imaging, virtual reality, and hand-drawn professional renderings. The shrine of Khwaja Abu Nasr Parsa is a spectacular mosque in Balkh, Afghanistan. Also known as the “Green Mosque” due to the brilliant color of its tiled and painted dome, the intricately decorated building dates to the 16th century.
If it were more accessible, the Green Mosque would attract many visitors. But Balkh is located in northern Afghanistan, roughly 50 miles from the border with Uzbekistan, and few outsiders will ever reach it. Still, anyone can now get a vivid sense of the mosque thanks to MIT’s new “Ways of Seeing” project, an innovative form of historic preservation.
Historical places include the cities of Herat, Kandahar, Ghazni, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Zaranj. The Minaret of Jam in the Hari River valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A cloak reputedly worn by Islam’s prophet Muhammad is kept inside the Shrine of the Cloak in Kandahar, a city founded by Alexander and the first capital of this Asian country. The citadel of Alexander in the western city of Herat has been renovated in recent years and is a popular attraction for tourists.
In the north of the country is the Shrine of Ali, believed by many to be the location where Ali was buried. The National Museum of Afghanistan is located in Kabul.
Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Heart:
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Herat is the third-largest city in this country. It has a population of about 436,300, and serves as the capital of Herat Province, situated in the fertile valley of the Hari River. This building has been shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013.
Central Asian Building Developments
South Asia and Central Asia Architecture Projects
KPT Tower Building Pakistan
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