National Geographic : 1958 Oct
Baghdad Carpenter Pauses for Water World-famous architects lent their talents to the renaissance of Baghdad. Italy's Gio Ponti de signed a headquarters for the Iraq Development Board. America's Frank Lloyd Wright created plans for an opera house on an island in the Tigris. France's Le Corbusier set to work on a sports sta dium, and Finland's Alvar Aalto, a civic center. As they turned out blue prints, thousands of Iraqis, largely substituting man power for machinery, erected other buildings. Adz hooked over shoul der, this worker drinks from an earthenware jug while balancing on a seven story scaffold. Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts © N.G.S. Traditional ways are still convenient. A Baghdad housewife sets up her portable kitchen on a 454 tiled balcony for the summer. Lamb stew simmers over a kerosene burner.