I am very grateful for you caring and support to me you bring me to life again because I am so happy to write about my nation and all what’s happened to Iraq. I am more happy that you are listening to what I’m saying promising you to keep on and I am trying to rise up my blog space so I can show you what’s happened by pictures and movies which I take with my camera where ever I go. I want to publish an article by a very respectable man I met in an Amman confrerence which was held in Amman in the name of (Iraq-a nation to be rebuilt). He is an assigner architect and he has lived in the UK for 40 years now and this is his description to his motherland. I hope you enjoy his description for Iraq and how he’s seeing it.
As an Iraqi born British Consultant Chartered Architect I wish to thank you for your Website. I wish also to thank those who communicated with you and showed their goodwill towards Iraq. Happy New Year to all of you and my condolences to the Families, Relatives and Friends of those who lost their lives to create New Iraq so that the future generations of Iraqis may freely live and prosper under the Rule of Law.
This is a golden opportunity for every decent human being to help rebuild the land between the two great Rivers the Tigris and Euphrates. The Cradle of Civilisation, and catapult it into the Twenty First Century and Beyond.
We should all help its people to start the healing process sooner than later as they emerge from their bad dream.
I could see the enormous potential for creating and recreating the glory of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in a new and Modern Internationally recognised and respected ( Iraqi ) futuristic style of Architecture, Town Planning, Urban Designs, and Landscape Architecture. It should have empathy and sympathy to what is already there, but using modern technology and marrying it with the old forms and proportions and scales of the past.
It should be carried out in a democratic and free atmosphere, with new design concepts, free speech and writing, where the newly freed creative talents of all of the people of Iraq will flourish, be harnessed, helped, directed and guided in an honest and transparent way, to do good for the future generations, of Iraq, its neighbours and its region and the rest of the world. The rebuilding of Iraq should take into considerations that it must learn to live in peace with itself and its neighbours and to play its part in a safe and secure World through its rightful place.
The CPA and the immediate future Governors of Iraq could leave a genuine and proud legacy shining like a beacon, showing the way to others, that will be historically the envy of the rest of the Middle East for a long time to come.
I pray to God almighty that I will be in a position to help achieve that in my small way without fear, intimidation's, blackmail, imprisonment and threats.
I will be more than happy to guide those International Designers and Architectural and Engineering Consultants who would be entrusted with projects to shape its spatial concepts and solve its Planning Architectural/ Engineering designs, technological, health, educational and accommodations needs etc.
Iraq as I know it, is a great place, to live, to work and be inventive and creative in. the place of the two great rivers, the Lakes , the beautifully snow covered Mountains, the Desert, and the Fertile plains in between, The Marshes and part of the Gulf. it is unique. it is different to anywhere else in the Arab World.
The Geology of the place made it rich in building materials, such as brick, stone, rock, granite, marble and clay, and sand and aggregate, with minerals, wood, from its palm trees and the mountainous region.
The climate is excellent, you can distinguish the seasons so easily. you can ski and skate in the Northern parts, Swim in the Rivers and Lakes and in the Gulf waters and paddle in the Marshes, and of course go to the Desert all in three days.
Historically, Iraq has developed its own distinctive character and especially its own Architectural styles and its own specially suitable Town Planning theory and Landscape Forms, over the Centuries of successive occupations by outside forces and locally produced rulers. It is rich.
The land is shaped as much by history as by natural forces. If you look around you, you will see building styles found only in this part of the Arabian world. Its ancient people erected standing stones, and mud bricks Monuments, built fortified hill top forts, and enclosed the fields and built walled cities, harnessed the powers of the water and the sun's rays, used the irrigation's system of today. The Capital city of Baghdad has gates, their influence is still to be seen today.
During the heights of the Arab Empires, there was a rise in population, the building of Villages, and Towns, and some of the fine, Churches, Synagogues, Temples, and Mosques and other minority religious worship places.
Many of the prominent features and patterns in the landscape are Hundreds and Thousands of years old, so they deserve special respect. Iraq has a fine heritage, any respected architectural historian such as the British Dan Cruickshank could tell you that. There are important landmarks, and should serve as reminders of the lasting quality of what should be developed in the future.
The last century has had significant impact too. The scattering of the Palaces, and Country Houses, the Religious monuments and Shrines, the Villages and wonderful Gardens, the Parks and the coming of the Railways, the Motorways, Airports, and finely Engineered Bridges and Dams, and the expansion of many Towns, they all add layer by layer to the richness of Iraq.
This is a great opportunity for the newly elected future Governments of Iraq to set up considered Laws and Regulations for Conservation areas, to locate, preserve and maintain areas of outstanding Architectural beauty, to provide strong protection of listed buildings and lands as being of special Architectural or Historical interest.
There should be strongly supported Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Laws specifying buildings and Structures as being of National importance worthy of protection under the Law, especially Buildings or Structures from prehistoric, or recent, Domestic, Industrial, Commercial, Defence, and Institutional buildings.
There should be Laws to govern all new buildings, major alterations and expansion of existing buildings and changes of use of land, untainted by corrupt Planning approvals system.
There should be planning policy guidelines, through which the issuance of a series of advisory notes produced by a competent and honest Law abiding Authority for the whole country, covering a wide range of issues, and these should be intended to provide, clear, more accessible and more systematic advice and contain sections for the New Planning and Building Regulations Laws.
Above all, and in order to make the Country be labelled as humane one, there should be newly created Laws to help the Disabled people with an easy access to Public Buildings and Places which provide goods and services to the Public with easy access to toilets facilities, to be called Disability Discrimination Laws. The legacies of the past three wars left many people of all ages and sexes injured, disabled and maimed who are and will be discriminated against unfairly, and these should be treated with respect and be cared for through the designs of the new Buildings and the forceful alterations of the existing ones.