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“If current architectural conventions stunt social interaction and exacerbate the cultural void created following the war, an alternative to the traditional cultural institution is needed, one that amplifies its civic and social potential, and introduces cultural life back into the city not as a clear signal, but as pervasive noise.”

Publication: Amin Alsaden. “Urban Diffusion: Redefining Cultural Institutions in Baghdad.” MArch thesis, Princeton University, School of Architecture, 2011.


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Image: Amin Alsaden