New award for old city,
A programme to restore the Old City in Jerusalem is one of the seven winners of the prestigious 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The architecture competition, awarded to building that recognises the aspirations of Islamic societies, is the most lucrative in the world, with a triennial prize fund of US$500,000. The Old City project, sponsored by the Swiss Welfare Association, involved the restor-ation of historic buildings, and finding innovative new uses for old buildings that otherwise would have faced an uncertain future. Other winners of the prize included the Biblioteca Alexandria in Egypt, the Al-Abbas Mosque in Asnaf, Yemen, the B2 House in Ayvacik, Turkey and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.