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Architecture and urban space in Baghdad

[PREVIEW] A lecture at the Mosaic Rooms on Thursday 1 March will focus on urban spaces in Baghdad, many of which are at risk due to damage in the Gulf wars or through neglect

Baghdad’s built environment comprises monuments and buildings from Baghdad’s Abbasid history, quarters created by the Ottoman Empire and modern 20th century Iraqi architecture.

The lecture will be given by Dr Caecilia Pieri, a researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient in Lebanon.

She said: ‘Baghdad has incredible late Ottoman neighbourhoods which are on the verge of collapse, a beautiful eclectic domestic architecture from the early 20th century, much of which remains empty and a splendid modern Iraqi architecture which is ignored.’ She added: ‘Baghdad has splendid potential, yet the heritage is totally neglected, unprotected and is threatened by developers.’

Pieri said that she wanted to raise awareness about the state of Baghdad’s architecture abroad as the city’s built environment constitutes an important part of modern architectural history.

She said: ‘Most of the important buildings are still standing, as they were constructed with very solid brickwork. But I want to raise public awareness about the beauty of Baghdad’s architecture, as the biggest threat is ignorance, which allows destruction of key buildings without any reaction from abroad.’

Lecture: 20th Century Baghdad: Architecture and Urban Space by Dr Caecilia Pieri
The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW
Tel: 020 7370 9990
Cost: Free, registration required

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