Rebuilding lives also means rebuilding living spaces, and this is where Italian-born architect, Omar Degan, comes in. “I feel that architecture and design play a key role in developing countries, but in particular post-conflict countries,” says Degan. Public spaces mean different things in different countries. It has always been a powerful tool for social inclusion and is often taken for granted in developed countries, where parks and open spaces have made up the fabric of many urban environments for centuries. Public space in itself can become a vital tool in the redevelopment of nations, particularly nations with a history of ruinous conflicts, such as the African country of Somalia. The country has been scarred by civil war and factional in-fighting, the aftermath of which persists to this day.
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