The half-kilometre radius encircling the Holy Shrines in Kadhimiya is endowed with a rich historical, cultural, spiritual and social legacy. Over the course of centuries, the area’s time honoured markets, traditional architecture artistic activities and religious rituals have all become an integral part of Kadhimiya’s distinctive appeal. Presented by Dewan Architects & Engineers, the Integrated Conservation and Urban Renewal/Rejuvenation Development Scheme envisions the Holy Shrines as the innermost core of the city.
This core is then enveloped and protected by a variety of urban layers that mediate between the interior and the exterior world and together form a coherent whole. The inner urban layers include important elements of the city’s historical wealth these are upgraded and renovated on a plot-by-plot basis, with the aim of preserving Baghdad’s intrinsic character.
Next, the peripheral layers introduce contemporary residential structures that cater to the needs of a prosperous society including roads, public facilities and commercial zones. This well thought-out mix of the ancient with the modern is enhanced by skilled landscaping and infrastructure development. The result is a refreshing social and economic uplift for Kadhimiya turning it into a picturesque example of a living and evolving historical city.