The origins of al-azhar park project date to 1984, when the aga khan award for architecture organised a conference on the subject of the expanding metropolis: coping with the urban growth of cairo.
The aga khan trust for culture's involvement in egypt began with the aga khan's decision to donate a park to the citizens of cairo, following the conference of 11- 15 november 1984 entitled the expanding metropolis: coping with the urban growth of cairo, organised by the aga khan award for architecture.
It's a wonder of human ambition and engineering set in the middle of cairo al- azhar park was built on a 500-year-old rubble heap and is now a green jewel for the egyptian capital.
In transforming such a large part of cairo, which was for so long used as an open dump, the impact of al-azhar park on the city is tremendous it has been planned with a multitude of activities in mind and incorporates a conceptualised hilltop lookout kiosk, a children's play area, an amphitheatre and stage, playing fields,.
4as a major and single great operation concerning the entire old city of cairo ( even if in reality it concerned an adjacent project), the development of the al- azhar park (named for the great mosque in the district with the same name) was a unique and novel project that consisted in the creation ex nihilo of a park conceived.