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Walter Gropius Wire

In the 1950s, Baghdad, Iraq, was, according Brown professor Ted Widmer, "the vanguard of a movement to build a better post-war world," and subsequently a site of fixation for some of the era's architects. Widmer writes in the Boston Globe about the thwarted dreams of German modernist Walter Gropius, who was commissioned to build the University of Baghdad. His plan "radiated idealism" and would have embodied "the balance of unity and diversity." It was never built. [The Globe; previously]