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Iraq Architecture and Planning Forum in London

The Annual Forum of the UK’s Al-Kindi Society for Engineers takes place in London on Saturday 9th January, and it promises to be an essential event for all in the industry. Chaired by Dr. Subhi Al-Azzawi and Dr. Caecilia Pieri, the Forum will address the topic of Iraq Architecture and Planning, and will include speakers […]

Basra Plans World’s Tallest Tower

By Simon Kent. Basra provincial council has reportedly hired international consultancy firm Mott MacDonald to finalise plans for a 3500ft, 240 floor building which would be host to business communities, residents and public entertainment. According to designers AMBS Architects, the “city in the sky” is designed to be an “antidote” to modern super towers in […]

Rif’at al Chadirji Wins Tamayouz Award

By Robert Tollast. Iraqi architect Rif’at al Chadirji has been awarded the 2015 Tamayouz Architectural Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at the University of Coventry, UK. Michael Fitzpatrick, the Dean of Engineering and Computing at the university, presented the award which was announced on line in English and Arabic (video.) The architect and author was […]

Iraqis Struggle to Maintain Architectural Heritage

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As soon as merchant Ali Hussein had finished erecting his store at Najaf’s “Big Market,” 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Baghdad, construction and decoration experts recommended that he cover the front with colored plastic […]

Zaha Hadid “Topples Winner” to Design Parliament

By John Lee. Zaha Hadid has won the RIBA-run international competition to design a new parliament complex in Iraq, despite coming third in the original contest, reports Building Design. According to the report, the deal has been shrouded in secrecy with leading Iraqi architectural critic Ihsan Fethi complaining that he has yet to see what […]

$600m Oil Tech University In Basra

A consortium of architecture and design firms from Michigan, USA, has been hired to design a $600 million, 2.8 million-square-foot new petroleum engineering university in Basra. CBS Detroit reports Iraq’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ali Al-Adeeb, has been touring projects created by the firms that are part of Icon Global Architecture Engineering […]

Zaha Hadid to Design Parliament Building

By John Lee. Zaha Hadid has reportedly been chosen to design the new £630-million Iraqi Parliament building in Baghdad. According to Architects Journal, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) landed the project despite coming third in a design contest for the prestigious building, which was won by London-based Assemblage. It is understood that the company has been working […]

Designs Unveiled for New Baghdad Library

By John Lee. AMBS Architects has shown its designs for the first public library to be built in Iraq since the 1970s. The 45,000 m2 building will be located on a teardrop-shaped peninsula at the heart of the Youth City masterplan dedicated to supporting and inspiring young Iraqis. According to a report from Dezeen, the […]

Dewan to Design Nakheel City in Basra

The province of Basra has awarded Dewan Architects and Engineers the contract to design the sprawling Al Nakheel City, for which the foundation stone was recently laid. As a modern urban development, the Al-Nakheel City is expected to provide world-class and modern sustainable living, working, and living solutions for the population of Basra and help alleviate […]

Confusion Over Design Contract for Iraqi Parliament

By John Lee. Peter Besley, director at London-based architecture practice Assemblage, has told Architects’ Journal that despite winning the competition to design the £620-million Iraqi Parliament complex, there was still confusion as to who would actually be awarded the contract. The company feared losing the project to the firm run by Baghdad-born Zaha Hadid; a […]