The Kabul Urban Design Framework Plan has been recognized with a 2020 AIA Award in Regional and Urban DesignDennis Pieprz MAUD ’85 served as principal in charge of the Sasaki project. “The Kabul Urban Design Framework is amazingly ambitious (the shaping of a city of 4 million people with an immense history) and, simultaneously, modest.” states one of the juror’s comment. “The framework manages big moves and small. The broad strokes provide connectivity to the region with a sensitivity to the ecology (aquifers), economy (agriculture) and society (public space). The details focus on weaving together existing nodes and fabrics to reinterpret the potential of Kabul as a city for its growing populations.”

The 2020 AIA Regional & Urban Design program recognizes “the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. The best planning accounts for the entire built environment, local culture, and available resources—modeling architecture’s promise and true value to communities,” according to the AIA website.

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