Abu Nawas Development Project, Iraq, Asia
Year1981latitude: 33° 17'
longitude: 44° 23'
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organizationPlanar and Skaarup & Jespersen
Target population
Town website
Town related linkshttp://archnet.org/library/sites/one-site.tcl?site_id=701

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
The Abu Nawas Development Project is part of the city of Baghdad.

In the 1970's, the Municipality of Baghdad embarked on an extensive upgrading and renewal scheme for the city, including several new housing developments. In December 1980 Planar, a Baghdad based planning and architectural firm, and Skaarup & Jespersen (Copenhagen) were commissioned to submit a conceptual layout ford 3km long site on the Tigris river, in central Baghdad. The project was to be essentially residential, in the form of low-rise and high standing town houses designed to replace dilapidated areas. At this initial stage, the would-be users were not identified, although the brief required dwelling units of different sizes, which would attract high-income families. Most of the present occupants are senior presidential palace staff.
The general layout had to allow for long stretches of new development, interspersed with some existing structures of architectural and historical value. The scheme involves low rise, medium to high density urban housing based on terraced units.

source: http://archnet.org/library/sites/one-site.tcl?site_id=701

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