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The Citadel of Erbil was settled more than 8,000 years ago and remains inhabited.

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way from the ongoing violence that usually dominates headlines about Iraq sits Erbil, the nation’s fourth-largest city and the Kurdistan capital. The autonomous region has become known not just for its current political stability but also as an up-and-coming tourist destination. And at the heart of Erbil is the ancient citadel, believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world, tracing its origins back to at least 6000 B.C. But growing prosperity in the northern Iraq region has led to increased demand for the accouterments of modern society. An influx of oil money and young professionals has helped change the landscape, with urban sprawl fanning

out around Erbil. There’s even a burgeoning luxury housing market. The Arab Council of Tourism also named the city as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2014. How to embrace the future without forgetting, or destroying, the past is a challenge faced by conservationists worldwide, and attention has already turned to Erbil. So when UTSA College of Architecture professors William Dupont and Angela Lombardi were invited to take part in a program of training seminars in Erbil focusing on heritage preservation, they were eager to participate. “The historic cities are very complex, because we have these very ancient sites and at the same time we have the new developments, and there is no integration between [them],” Lombardi said. >>>

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Sombrilla Spring 2014  

Sombrilla is the flagship magazine of the University of Texas at San Antonio and is the primary publication for communicating with alumni, s...

Sombrilla Spring 2014  

Sombrilla is the flagship magazine of the University of Texas at San Antonio and is the primary publication for communicating with alumni, s...

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