A whole systems approach to spatial design
RE-IMAGINING A POST WAR SYRIA
Safe housing for returning refugees and a city fabric that enables healing
CATEGORY: Urban Design, Housing,
Post War Re-construction
At the root of our project of providing safe and solid housing solutions to the returning refugees of Syria, lies the idea of the inhabitants not only rebuilding their own cities, gradually and organically, but also reclaiming and redefining their streets
The housing solution foreseen does not involve demolishing the ruins and erasing the past, rather the concept accepts the brutal poetry of the ruins and reclaims the streets, practically, gracefully and inclusively. The project seeks to bring people back to their homes and involve them in reconstructing their habitat, their city and their lives. Careful attention is paid to the much beloved pre-existing architecture and culture as well as the psychological context of returning to a broken cityscape.
The trauma of the past cannot be erased, but time can STRENGTHEN a person and creates new layers that OVERCOME the pain and ultimately weaves a new normal