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“Contrary to common misconceptions, these architects were not interested in articulating some form of local or national identity; instead, and in line with ideas that had been developed in tandem with the project of fellow Baghdadi artists, the past became a source for spatial, formal, and esthetic innovation—and a contribution to global architectural culture.”

Publication: “Al-Mustansiriyah University: Architecture as Urbanism.” Designing Modernity: Architecture in the Arab World 1945-1973. Edited by Philipp Oswalt and George Arbid. Berlin. Berlin: Jovis Verlag GmbH and Goethe-Institut Ramallah, 2022.


Keywords:  art, architecture, urbanism, modernism, post-WWII, Kahtan Awni, architects, artists, modern, heritage, history, preservation, university, higher education, local, global, Baghdad, Iraq, South West Asia, North Africa

Image: Kahtan Awni: Consultant - Architect