- June 23, 2017
A library for Baghdad is the second chapter of the project 168:01 launched on Kickstarter to remodel the library at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad.
Since 2016, Wafaa Bilal has been working on 168:01 – a project supported by the global community to help the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad restock the books that were destroyed in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. With the donations we received from the initial campaign, there have been collected over 1600 books that are currently in the final process of being shipped to Baghdad. Since the university is not equipped to receive the large amount of books, nor is there a suitable space where the students can read and study, volunteer architect Wei Cai has developed a practical yet affordable design from locally accessible building materials that will both house the books and provide a communal reading space for the students. And this is where the new campaign starts, with only 2,860 dollars to be pledged.