Baghdad Arts Deco : Architectural Brickwork 1920-1950 (Hardcover)

Author: Pieri, Caecilia

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An homage to the modern architectural landscape of Iraq

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Publisher American University in Cairo Press
Mfg Part# 9789774163562
SKU 212317356
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 9774163567
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Dimensions (in Inches) 12H x 9.75L x 0.75T
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Editors Note An homage to the modern architectural landscape of Iraq.Despite dictatorship, international sanctions, and the ravages of war, Baghdad endures with a surprisingly exceptional modern architectural heritage. This beautifully illustrated study reveals the splendors of early twentieth-century architecture that still stand on the streets of Iraq's capital.From 1920 to 1950, in the process of nation-building, Baghdad was transformed into a true city built of brick, one that became the harbinger of the Arab architectural renaissance, its local traditions reinterpreted and adapted into a modern vernacular style. Caecilia Pieri's documentation foregrounds the physical reality of modern Baghdad, very different from the image that we normally receive from the media. She draws on a number of unpublished sources and documents, to present Baghdad's architecture in a historical perspective, and her striking photographs taken between 2003 and 2006 document the residential areas of the twentieth-century city, providing an unprecedented resource for historians, urban planners, and general readers interested in discovering a new face of a world capital. With essays by Rifat Chadirji, Ihsan Fethi, and Naïm Kattan.
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