Design for Baghdad’s New Mega-library

Arabic Literature (in English)

It’s being billed as the first public library to open in Baghdad in 30 years:

The plans were revealed earlier this month, and the designs from AMBS architects are utopically glittering, as are many of their other designs for the “Youth City” project.

I believe Saad Eskander, Director of the National Library of Iraq, who reportedly said: “It is imperative for the new Iraq to consolidate its young democracy and good governance through knowledge. New libraries have a notable role to play by promoting unconditional access to information, freedom of expression, cultural diversity, and transparency. By responding to the needs of Iraq’s next generations, the new library, we hope, will play an important role in the future of our country.”

Indeed: I think libraries are humanity’s great asset.

But outside of the “how will this get done?” and “why does everything have to look like a generic sci-fi-modern-city landscape?” questions…

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