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Room to grow

Posted by Tom Haines, Globe Travel Writer  December 3, 2008 06:38 AM

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The Iraqi-born, London-based architect Zaha Hadid has been busy working at the crossroads between eastern and western architecture, including with a massive urban park project in Istanbul. That city straddling Europe and Asia is pulsing with its own contemporary creations.

Now word comes from The Architects' Journal that Hadid, as well as British architect Norman Foster, is in the running for a particularly well-traveled renovation: the Great Mosque of al-Haram and its surroundings, in Mecca.

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Plans, apparently, call for expanding the centuries old pilgrimmage site from a capacity of 900,000 to 3,000,000.

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