Architecture in Baghdad
There are many famous structures we associate with Le Corbusier (Chandigarh in India, Villa Savoye in France, the United Nations headquarters in New York), the Saddam Hussein Sports Complex in Baghdad not among them. Designed by Corbu in 1965 and built from his plans by Saddam Hussein in 1978 thirteen years after the architect’s death, the stadium is in fact the great modernist’s last built work. This is just one juicy fact gleaned from the current exhibition at New York’s Center for Architecture, "City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982". The new exhibition, organized by Collegio d’Arquitectes de Catalunya in Barcelona and curated by Spanish architect and academic Dr. Pedro Azara, uncovers 15 built and unbuilt works by the world’s best-known architects in the most unlikely of places.
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- Alongside Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, German architect Walter Gropius was a foundational figure in modern architecture design.
- These modern gems are slated for demolition, in need of repair, or the subject of fundraising campaigns.
- Unrealized projects and incredible sketches from the master architect.
- Manifestos: Le Corbusier, “Towards a New Architecture” (1923)Walter Gropius, “The Theory and Organization of the Bauhaus” (1923)
- With an opulent slant and modern outlook, today’s Indian buildings continue the country’s architectural heritage.
Celebrate the anniversary of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius' birthday and the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus at the Gropius House on Sunday, May 17, with half-price admission. The Bauhaus School was renowned for is exuberant parties, like the 1929 Metallisches Fest, or Metal Party, for which the artists made fantastic creations out of metal. Walter Gropius brought this playful tradition with him to his post at the Harvard Graduate School of Design when each May, his students and colleagues celebrated his birthday in Harvard Yard. A year after his death, friends, family, and members of The Architects Collaborative, hosted more than fifteen hundred friends and colleagues at a Metallisches Fest as a final memorial to him. In the same spirit, on May 17, Gropius House offers half-price admission to visitors wearing anything metal. On this day, a metal crown Ise Gropius, Walter's widow, wore to the final tribute, along with several birthday cards made for him by artist friends, will be on view.
- Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible.
- Dwell tours the first Bauhaus campus built by Henry Van de Velde in 1907 to learn more about Walter Gropius's ideology behind the modern design school.