“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,” in Designing Modernity: Architecture in the Arab World 1945-1973, edited by Philipp Oswalt and George Arbid. Berlin: Jovis Verlag GmbH and Goethe-Institut Ramallah, 2022.
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