Zaha Hadid Tribute Event in London

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE was an Iraqi-born British architect. She was the first Arab woman who received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

Dame Zaha was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal in recognition of her work. Dame Zaha Hadid, whose designs included the London Olympic Aquatic Centre, died aged 65 in March 2016. 

Speakers 6-30pm - 7.30pm at Cruciform LT1 Conference Hall: 

Opening Speech: Dr. Jehan Baban 
Ms. Raya Alani, President Elect American Institute of Archetects 
Mr. Noaman Muna, Iraqi Architect and former project manager with Zaha Hadid Architects. 
Mr. Ahmed Saleh, founder of the Tamayouz Award for Architecture. 

At 7:30pm-9:00pm, The Iraqi Fine Artists Association will hold an exhibition in the South Cloisters Hall, where refreshments will also be served. 

Date: 27 July Time: 18:00–21:00. Location: UCL University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

AMAR CHAIRMAN WELCOMES MARSHES’ HERITAGE AWARD

AMAR’s Chairman, who has fought for more than two decades to save Iraq’s fabled marshlands, welcomed a United Nations decision to make the region a World Heritage Site. Baroness (Emma) Nicholson of Winterbourne began her campaign after Saddam Hussein ordered his army to attack the marsh people and destroy their habitat by damming and draining it. 

Sumerian city of Lagash slowly emerging from desert sands

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Iraq's Ahwar marshes, including the sites of Uruk, Ur and Tell Eridu, to its World Heritage List on July 17. Iraq has many other sites deserving of such recognition, among them the ancient Sumerian city of Lagash. A desert wind has been blowing for hundreds of years over the hills of Lagash, today's al-Hiba, in al-Dawayah district, north of Nasiriyah. 

Without reforms, protests threaten to escalate in Iraq

Thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the civil movement in Baghdad returned to the streets recently to protest delays in reforming a government they say is corrupt and unable to protect its people. All political channels for reform seem to have reached a dead end in light of the continuing division among political blocs in parliament. 

British schoolchildren learn empathy for refugees

In a quiet suburban school in northwest London, young children are asked to imagine that they need to leave their homes because Britain is at war. As they close their eyes and sit in silence, their teacher Teri-Louise O'Brien explains that there are 60 million displaced people in the world right now. "Time to reflect: how would you feel if you had no home? Take a pen, and write your feelings on the paper."