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traditional Islamic gardens in the Alhambra, Spain and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, India, among other historic sites. The result, he hopes, is both “ephemeral and eter- nal,” a space that may change with the passing light or season, yet becomes a permanent legacy for the city of Toronto. Based on a traditional chahar bagh (four-part garden),

the formal garden within the Park is given a natural geometry through ordered plantings of serviceberry trees providing a place for contemplation as well as areas for public programming or private events. Trees and plants chosen to thrive in Toronto’s climate will make the park a place to enjoy year-round. The reflecting pools mirror the sky and capture architectural details of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre. These three projects are an initiative of the Aga Khan,

In designing the Aga Khan Museum, Fumihiko Maki used light as his inspiration. He ensured not only that light is ever-present in the building, but that, depend- ing on the time of day or season, light will animate the building in myriad ways.

the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Develop- ment Network. The Aga Khan Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum fosters dialogue and promotes tolerance and mutual understanding among people. The Ismaili Centre joins other Centres in London, Vancouver, Lisbon, Dubai, and Dushanbe, and continues a tradition of hosting programs that stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity. i

8 • Summer 2015

Photo by Tom Arban.

Photo by Gary Otte.

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