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Al Mudhif A Confluence Book

Al Mudhif is a traditional structure constructed in Southern Iraq for at least 5000 years using Phragmites reed. This versatile plant, which also grows abundantly in Philadelphia, is a valued building material in Iraq and several other countries. However, it is considered invasive in the United States.

This book delves into the rich history and cultural significance of Al Mudhif, exploring themes of displacement, war, radical hospitality, healing, reconciliation, cultural preservation, and contemporary art. It documents the journey from harvesting the materials to the final dismantling, sharing the lessons learned along the way. Through this exploration, we aim to provide a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between tradition and modernity, and the role of art and architecture in cultural preservation and healing.


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