18th March 1987 (b)


A Housing and Urbanization Unit has been established by Mawlana Hazar Imam in Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

The new Unit, set up with a gift of $500,000, is an integral part of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research conducted by the Unit will address a variety of issues facing developing countries, especially those with large Islamic populations. These include the challenge of housing and providing services to burgeoning numbers of people with very limited incomes, and how to humanize large scale housing projects.

With funds provided by Mawlana Hazar Imam, scholars from disciplines such as Economics, History, Law, Sociology and Ecology will join with design professionals at Harvard to address issues essential to improving the quality of housing and urban structure in the developing world. The focus of faculty and student projects will be on the design issues and the institutional and environmental aspects of housing in developing societies.

The Housing and Urbanisation Unit will develop teaching materials in support of instruction in the current Aga Khan Programme. "It is with extreme gratitude to the Aga Khan that we embark on this endeavour to help alleviate some of the world's most pressing urban problems" said Gerald M. McCue, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

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