Salman Beg, CEO of Aga Khan Cultural Service-Pakistan (AKCS-P), country affiliate of AKTC
, carried out preliminary documentation of the Picture Wall in 2015-17 as part of the larger Lahore Fort Conservation Project.
Since 2005, the AKTC team has tracked and documented the physical transformations under way in the fragile historical fabric, where traditional vaulted bazaars have given way to nondescript, multi-storey concrete markets.
In addition to enforcement, however, the AKTC team tries to raise public awareness about the intrinsic value of the city's architectural heritage, as part of efforts to change attitudes about an area that many still feel to embody a 'primitive' way of life.
The conservation and upgrading work supported by the AKTC takes place in urban landscapes that still bear the physical scars of past conflicts--and in which security is at times fragile.
For this reason, the AKTC team has tired through their work in Kabul and Herat, to ensure that certain restored buildings are put to appropriate use that responds to contemporary needs--for example, a mausoleum in Kabul is used for regular seminars and exhibitions, while one of the restored houses in Herat serves as a music school and craft workshop.
At the end of the Croat-Muslim hostilities, warlords started piecemeal reconstruction but the AKTC
and the WMF, working with a deeply committed mayor, managed to suppress (and usually obliterate) the resulting pustules of PoMo.
The work there exemplifies a holistic approach that runs through the work of the AKTC, in which architectural restoration is linked with the improvement of social conditions and economically stimulating for-profit ventures.
At the north end of Al-Azhar Park the AKTC is building the Museum of Historic Cairo in collaboration with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.
In Kabul, the AKTC has focused on historic districts in the old city threatened by unscrupulous development.
Conservation architect and project director at AKTC, Ratish Nanda, told M AIL T ODAY , " In the 1980s, Nila Gumbad was segregated from Humayun's Tomb when a trunk sewer line was laid.
Over 200 squatters were relocated and AKTC had to build an alternate one kilometre road.
An AKTC official said, " Nila Gumbad suffered heavily over the years because of this road.