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Hope for Rebuilding Syria, from a Young Architect

Posted on June 17 2017

Architecture is one of the first steps taken when peace arrives, after everyone agrees it's time to rebuild.

But can architecture be a weapon, as well, something that seeks to divide rather than unite? So says Marwa Al-sabouni, a young female architect who has witnessed the horrific destruction of her home city. She believes there is a cautionary tale in the story of Syrian architecture, which enforced segregated communities, who were then weakened by isolation.  These divisions later facilitated the outbreak of civil war.

Hear her speak out in this TED Talk video, then learn more about proposed solutions in her new book, THE BATTLE FOR HOME: THE VISION OF A YOUNG ARCHITECT IN SYRIA,Thames & Hudson, 2016.

 

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