Competition to design the reconstruction of Al-Nouri mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul has been launched by UNESCO
The ‘Revive the spirit of Mosul’ competition calls for a conceptual design to include the conservation of the standing structures of the prayer hall and its integration into the new buildings. It also covers the rehabilitation of some historical buildings and their integration into the new designs, including the landscaping design of the entire site. The aim is to incoporate new community spaces – for education, social and cultural activities – in ways that go beyond the complex’s principal religious function.
The competition has opened with an open call for proposals based on an anonymous design submission. The deadline is in 26 March 2021.
An international jury composed of nine members and two alternate members will select the winning designer and the four runners-up. The competition is funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
An outreach campaign will invite architects, engineers and students from around the world to submit a design proposal. The organisers said that it is especially important to encourage the people of Iraq to participate in their own history-making and reconstruction.”
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