Archinect - News 2014-09-16T21:32:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107635330/the-british-countryside-family-who-are-designing-entire-cities-in-iraq The British countryside family who are designing entire cities in Iraq Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:13:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3185589171dfa72c8e7c90ece3a5111.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The cities we&rsquo;re working on were neglected by Saddam Hussein, so they have little basic infrastructure,&rdquo; says Elliot Hartley, 36, a director of Garsdale Design. But why can&rsquo;t Iraqis redesign their own cities? &ldquo;There has been a massive brain drain of professionals from Iraq over the years, and a lack of investment in local government planning departments, which means that the skills aren&rsquo;t there &ndash; yet,&rdquo; [...]. More improbably yet, only one member of the family firm [...] has set foot in Iraq.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105244141/blowing-up-mosul-s-historic-mosques-is-a-war-crime Blowing up Mosul's historic mosques is 'a war crime' Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T13:17:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c959e36acd74f41e6a9791f1ef3d3819.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leading British archaeologist and member of the House of Lords, Colin Renfrew, says the destruction of historic mosques in Mosul, northern Iraq, by Islamic state militants (Isis) &ldquo;is a disaster for the cultural heritage of Iraq, and indeed of Islam&rdquo;. The Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine in Mosul was destroyed on 27 July, according to unconfirmed press reports. The 14th-century mosque was the latest in a series of holy sites targeted by the jihadist group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104956548/islamic-state-jihadis-destroy-ancient-mosque-in-mosul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Islamic State jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104956548/islamic-state-jihadis-destroy-ancient-mosque-in-mosul Islamic State jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul Archinect 2014-07-24T18:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-26T20:14:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6u62qy3f30d2psa4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Qur&rsquo;an is swallowed by a whale. It was renovated in the 1990s under Iraq&rsquo;s late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the recent militant blitz that engulfed Mosul, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102706634/it-s-official-zaha-hadid-will-design-the-iraq-parliament-regardless-of-the-fact-she-came-3rd-in-the-competition It's Official: Zaha Hadid will design the Iraq Parliament, regardless of the fact she came 3rd in the competition Nicholas Korody 2014-06-25T17:01:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T18:09:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g2/g2fpxfwmnulyuimn.jpg" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid has won the scheme to design a new parliament complex in Iraq &ndash; despite coming third in the original RIBA-run international competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The news is also the first official statement that Assemblage, whose designs won the competition, will not get to realize their vision. This will be the second building Hadid will design in her native country after<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2012/02/03/zaha-hadid-to-design-headquarters-for-central-bank-of-iraq/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> the 2012 announcement that she will helm the Central Bank of Iraq project.</a></p><p>Hadid's plans for the Iraq Parliament have been marred by controversy, chiefly because they have been kept secret from Iraqi architects and the architectural community at large. Those who have seen the designs have not been favorable in their comments.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Baghdad &ndash; probably the most significant architectural project in the city since the 2003 invasion &ndash; is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102432610/controversial-embassy-in-baghdad-under-threat-from-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">under threat from the Isis insurgency surging through the city</a>. The precarious condition of the city makes it hard to imagine that Hadid's ambitious designs will come to fruition anytime soon. More pointedly, it calls into question the need for such expensive architecture in places of near constant social upheaval, partic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102432610/controversial-embassy-in-baghdad-under-threat-from-isis Controversial Embassy in Baghdad Under Threat From Isis Nicholas Korody 2014-06-23T18:13:00-04:00 >2014-06-26T17:55:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2hh24nkiy1afgzof.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As militant Sunni fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) continue their assault on Iraq, following their recent take-over of Baquba, <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/us-send-up-275-troops-iraq-2014616225719457994.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of 275 combat-ready troops to help defend Baghdad and, in particular, the new and expensive embassy there</a>. At 4,700,000 sq ft, the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/16211689/berger-devine-yaeger-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yaeger Architecture</a>-designed embassy is the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/inside-us-embassy-iraq-threat/story?id=24158942" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">largest in the world&nbsp;</a>and, with a cost exceeding $700 million, it was the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/inside-us-embassy-iraq-threat/story?id=24158942" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">most expensive to construct</a>. Its multiple gyms, conference rooms, pools, private gardens, department stores, and fortified apartments are all protected by blast-resistant walls and multiple security checks. An American working at the embassy has no real need to venture beyond its walls. The complex is a city-within-a-city &ndash;&ndash; or, more accurately, a city-within-a-city-within-a-city, as the embassy is situated in the heavily-fortified &ldquo;Green Zone&rdquo; that harbors Baghdad&rsquo;s international population.</p><p>The urgent rush to protect the supposedly impe...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80377453/new-baghdad-library-takes-step-closer-to-realization 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5adbf595bc0e832ccf719f37d604d6e6.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65627134/assemblage-wins-1bn-iraqi-parliament-building-comeptition-while-organizers-continue-discussions-with-3rd-place-winner-hadid 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42cb704c20d1314ab5438b1143d841d6.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/61446874/zaha-hadid-being-an-arab-and-a-woman-is-a-double-edged-sword 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t414xrpke2cp78f0.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/46018475/iraq-aims-to-revive-baghdad-s-lost-le-corbusier-building 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbkdgjgivk0hwjin.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/43951133/the-land-of-broken-promises The Land of Broken Promises Archinect 2012-04-05T16:19:00-04:00 >2012-04-05T16:33:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76f4a9d20c8390553d816c66effcc38f.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>