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Gropius Vs. Wright: Battle To Makeover Baghdad

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 05, 2014 01:07 AM
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by Eric last modified Aug 04, 2014

Iraq has had a rough stretch of luck over the decades. Colonialism, war, tyrants, terrorism...did we mention war? But as bad as it has devolved in the present day, at onetime, Iraq was the stuff of Modernist dreams, with the 20th Century's most iconic architects vying to make Baghdad over in futuristic finery. The Boston Globe recently featured Walter Gropius's unfinished plans to re-shape Iraq's capital into his greatest Bauhaus-ian vision (which you can read...




 

 

Wright-baghdad-plans-5Iraq has had a rough stretch of luck over the decades. Colonialism, war, tyrants, terrorism...did we mention war?

But as bad as it has devolved in the present day, at onetime, Iraq was the stuff of Modernist dreams, with the 20th Century's most iconic architects vying to make Baghdad over in futuristic finery. The Boston Globe recently featured Walter Gropius's unfinished plans to re-shape Iraq's capital into his greatest Bauhaus-ian vision (which you can read about here).

For my money, though, Frank Lloyd Wright's un-executed "Greater Plan for Baghdad" leaves Gropius's plan in the dust. Watch a YouTube video of what might have been if Wright had his way in Iraq.

Images via The Boston Globe/Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation


 

 

 
 
 

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