Archinect - News 2014-04-19T09:11:04-04:00 New Baghdad library takes step closer to realization Archinect 2013-08-26T14:59:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:21:54-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designs for a new Baghdad library boasting the largest single-space reading room in the world have taken a step closer to being realised after the architects got the green light to put the project out to tender in September. The Iraq National Library was devastated by fire and looting when allied troops entered the city in 2003. An estimated 60% of archival materials [...] and 25% of books, newspapers, rare books, historical photographs and maps were destroyed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Assemblage wins $1bn Iraqi parliament building comeptition, while organizers continue discussions with 3rd place winner Hadid Archinect 2013-01-16T15:24:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:32:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A London architect firm has been declared the winner of an international competition to design a new $1bn Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad. Assemblage architects was one of 130 firms to put forward a design for the &pound;620million scheme. But while Assemblage received its $250,000 prize in August, the designs have only just been released as the Iraqi Government had remained in talks with a rival, which came third place in the competition, Zaha Hadid Architects, The Guardian has reported.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zaha Hadid: 'Being an Arab and a woman is a double-edged sword' Archinect 2012-11-15T12:06:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T18:05:01-05:00 <img src="" width="258" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid on growing up in Iraq, getting the architecture bug, and the legacy of her Olympics Aquatics Centre</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Iraq aims to revive Baghdad's 'lost' Le Corbusier building Archinect 2012-04-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2012-04-23T15:58:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by the famed architect Le Corbusier, built under Saddam Hussein then forgotten: such was the fate of a gym in Baghdad that Iraq now wants, with the help of France, to restore to its former stature. Located in the east of the capital, the massive concrete structure has surprisingly withstood the decades of war, internecine fighting and sanctions that have hit the country.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Land of Broken Promises Archinect 2012-04-05T16:19:00-04:00 >2012-04-05T16:33:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1958, Baghdad was featured in Time magazine&mdash;not as a hotbed of revolutionary, civil or sectarian strife, but for its ambitious plans for the world's most famous architects, among them Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto, to recapture through their modern buildings the city's former glory.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>