How do you rebuild a destroyed city? Street by street, together with its citizens, according to visiting Iraqi architect Raya Ani.
ZUZAK and MAHALA (Arabic for 'Street and Place') is a special grassroot initiative by Iraqi architect Raya Ani (RAW-NYC Architects). With this project, Ani engages with local communities in Baghdad and beyond, helping rebuild destroyed Iraqi cities. Step by step. Or rather: street by street. As an international and multidisciplinary architect, Ani brings experience from working on three continents and different cultures. Which lessons can Amsterdam architects, urban planners and citizens take from her work in cities such as NYC, Baghdad and Dubai? And how can architecture and design be used as a source of empowerment for and by the city and its citizens?