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UN-HABITAT, the United Nation’s agency for human settlement, has created a development competition in association with the Iraq government to help rebuild the country.

Winners of the international competition are London-based architectural firm Assemblage, with their design concept that focuses on the creation of a community for 3,000 people, include residential buildings, infrastructure, schools, markets, healthcare centres and playing fields.

The designers have been very sensitive in the creation of their concept, and have included lush and aesthetically pleasing green spaces into the community setting in order to encourage environmental consciousness and harmony.

The planning and layout aspects of the project have also been implemented after serious consideration. Safety has been a key focus, so clever vehicle parking and pedestrian areas have been included. The surrounding landscaped areas will be shaded and pedestrian friendly to promote a sense of community and encourage outdoor interaction.

All of the materials and labour used for the construction will come directly from the local industry.

What is important to note is the care in which the development plan has been designed. Unlike many countries that treat low income housing as a throw away construction project, the architects have used advanced design systems and features in order to create a world-class development.

In addition to the use of the local labour force and materials as social and economical sustainable features, these low cost buildings will also include the use of environmentally sustainable design aspects that have been described by the architects as “rivalling western standards”.

While the full extent of these aspects are as yet to be released, there can be no doubting the commitment that this design and its designers are showing towards helping create a durable and worthwhile living space for Iraqis.

The project is set to begin construction later this year.

(Source: Design Build Source, Assemblage)

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