Amanat Al Assima Housing, Iraq, Asia
Year1985latitude: 33° 19'
longitude: 44° 25'
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Designer(s) / Architect(s)Akhtar Chauhan
Design organizationAkhtar Chauhan, with Pradnya Chauhan and Anvar Chauhan, M/s Vikas Kosh consulting architects
Target population15,000
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2'000 housing units constructed using pre-fabricated concrete technology on a site divided into two distinct areas each with its own local centre and facilities. The units are arranged around a series of balconies which serve as transition space.

There are brightly colored end-walls of the blocks and a shared pool for the inhabitants.

Images from 1985 & 1991 show the blocks as bright and almost finished, however the construction was begun in 1980.The paints and finishes have stood the test of the extreme climate successfully.

The new urban community has a network of 6 primary schools and 4 high schools.Housing and Educational Facilties were designed by
M/s Vikas Kosh consulting architects and planners, Mumbai, India. Ar.Akhtar Chauhan,
Pradnya Chauhan and Anvar Chauhan are principals of the firm.

It has a community centre with shopping centre, mosque, social centre, youth centre with a swimming pool and a small stadia. It also has a hospital and police station.These social facilities were designed by The Architects Collaborative Inc. Boston, USA.

A network of pedestrian paths link the housing cluster providing residents with easy access through greens. The community has two soccer fields and courts for other outdoor games.

Project was completed in a five year period by M/s Makers Development Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India who were the turnkey contractors.

Original programme called for completion within three years. It was occupied by middle and low income families as planned.

The latest settelite images show that the project has withstood two wars without any damage.

source: Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Architect Planner,
Director, Rizvi College of Architecture,
Mumbai, India

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