Echo of Civilization – Re-Coding Post-War Syria

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The Syrian Civil War is one of the worst humanitarian crises, that has entered its eighth year. There are a lot of plans for post-war reconstruction, and most of these plans are for the complete demolition of the existing damaged fabric by replacing it with a new urban fabric. But in the process, the participation of the community in these reconstructing plans is completely missing.

Post-war effects are widely spread and can be long term or short term. Meaningful post-war redevelopment should consider the balance between architectural infrastructure, public health provision, and social order. Reducing the importance of one of these three axes can lead to a collapse of social structure, services, education, health care and also has a long-term impact on society.

The main focus should be on understanding how communities can be involved in the rehabilitation of these aspects.
When we look at the image of the ancient cities in the Middle Eastern regions, we see the urban texture that extends horizontally according to the needs of societies. If we bring the image closer, we see the paths that extend like veins reaching to the unit that forms all this beauty. At center stage of this discovery often is the ancient mud house.

Ancient mud houses are the basis of societies in these regions. Especially since they are built by the inhabitants, from their land, and to serve their environment. It is a sustainable urban social and functional fabric that varies between cities and rural areas.

Challenge is to create a space that acts as a vessel in reviving the destructed neighborhoods and encouraging inhabitants to come back. A space that respects the past, responds to present and incorporates the possibility of a bright future of Syria.
A space that reinterprets the ancient mud house and uses it as a tool for a cultural revival.

Ziwar Al Nouri
M.Arch / PhD Candidate – Founder, Reparametrize Studio, Damascus

Bilal Baghdadi
Co-founder, Reparametrize Studio, Beirut

Atanas Zhelev
Ceo, Digital Architects, Austria

Baerbel Mueller
Associate Professor / Mag.arch / Head / Owner, [applied] Foreign Affairs, University of Applied Arts Vienna ; nav_s baerbel mueller, Austria

Gregorio Lubroth