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Stallan-Brand floats Basra University vision

Stallan-Brand has revealed plans for a new University of Oil and Gas in Basra, Iraq

The speculative proposal is one of three university schemes the high-profile practice will be pitching to the Iraqi Education Ministry in the coming months.

The specialist ‘self-sustaining’ campus next to Basra’s main highway features a 30-storey tower which will host local and international tenants working in the oil and gas sector.

An ‘academic parkway’ will run the length of the site, connecting key buildings and featuring a central wadi water course to nourish the soil and encourage planting.

The south east side of the central green reservation will host complementary accommodation for combined academic and industry research and development.

A student and staff residential quarter is meanwhile planned for the plot’s western edge where supporting retail and leisure amenities will be included.

Throughout the masterplan areas of land have been set aside for local food production and leisure use. 

Practice founder Paul Stallan described the project as a ‘small self-sustaining settlement which works hard to moderate the harsh local climate countering the dust and heat creating a destination where people feel inspired to meet, exchange ideas and think.’

New campuses for generalist universities at Meissan and Ninawa have also been proposed by the Glasgow-based outfit which is working with a consortium of UK based project managers and Iraqi nationals on the projects.

The move comes less than a year after the two year-old practice was commissioned to design a new African University for the Creative Arts in Lagos, Nigeria.

The new campus for 20,000 students of art, design, fashion, media and performance has been supported by African writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

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