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Álvaro Siza and Others Imagine Possible Scenarios for a Reconstructed Syria

07:00 - 23 August, 2017
Álvaro Siza and Others Imagine Possible Scenarios for a Reconstructed Syria, © Sketch for Syria
© Sketch for Syria

Sketch for Syria, a project initiated by by Marco Ballarin and Jacopo Galli at IUAV, Venice, has brought together 150 architects from 26 nations in a large-scale effort to "imagine, trace and share possible scenarios" for Syria, following the recent devastation of the lives of its citizens and a significant amount of its architectural heritage.

6 Endangered World Heritage Sites as Seen from Space

14:00 - 11 June, 2017
6 Endangered World Heritage Sites as Seen from Space, Samarra Archaeological City, Iraq. Image © Deimos Imaging
Samarra Archaeological City, Iraq. Image © Deimos Imaging

Born between the Tigris and the Euphrates, ancient Mesopotamia, "the land between two rivers," is considered the cradle of human civilization or, at least, one of its main birthplaces. Archaeological discoveries place in this fertile crescent the earliest origins of agriculture, the birth of writing and the first religions, governments and social orders.

Maidan Tent - Architectural Aid for Europe's Refugee Crisis

06:00 - 22 May, 2017
Maidan Tent - Architectural Aid for Europe's Refugee Crisis , © Filippo Bolognese
© Filippo Bolognese

Over the past two years alone, more than a million people have fled the Syrian conflict to take refuge in Europe, strenuously testing the continent’s ability to respond to a large-scale humanitarian crisis. With the Syrian Refugee Crisis still unresolved, and temporary refugee camps now firmly established on the frontiers of Europe, architects and designers are devoting energy to improving the living conditions of those in camps fleeing war and persecution.

With the Jarahieh Refugee School, CatalyticAction Demonstrates the True Potential Of Temporary Structures

09:30 - 2 March, 2017
With the Jarahieh Refugee School, CatalyticAction Demonstrates the True Potential Of Temporary Structures, Courtesy of CatalyticAction
Courtesy of CatalyticAction

The 2015 Milan Expo required the input of more than 145 countries and 50 international organizations resulting in over 70 temporary pavilions; a combined effort totaling more than €13 billion. Norman Foster’s rippling pavilion for the United Arab Emirates ended up at €60 million. The massive slab of concrete, laid out over the previously green agricultural land to act as the Expo’s foundation cost a whopping €224 million. Even Vietnam’s “low cost” pavilion came in at $2.09 million.

Humanity and Art Entwined - How NADAAA's Exhibit Became Blankets for Syrian Refugees

08:00 - 10 February, 2017
Humanity and Art Entwined - How NADAAA's Exhibit Became Blankets for Syrian Refugees, The exhibit was hung from the roof of the Electric Hanger exhibition hall. Image © Roland Halbe
The exhibit was hung from the roof of the Electric Hanger exhibition hall. Image © Roland Halbe

Jordanian artist Raya Kassisieh, with the support of American firm NADAAA, has repurposed her exhibit from the Amman Design Week in Jordan to create blankets for Syrian refugees and Jordanian families. The Entrelac exhibit, created by Kassisieh and NADAAA, consists of 300kg of hand-knit, un-dyed wool which was later cut and stitched to create blankets for those fleeing the Syrian Civil War, now approaching its sixth year.

Want to Understand the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East? Start Here.

06:00 - 5 January, 2017
Want to Understand the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East? Start Here., © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/128659407@N02/17080649713/'>Flickr user Jiří Suchomel</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/'>CC BY-NC 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Jiří Suchomel licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative has organized a collection of essays, entitled The Destruction of Cultural Heritage: From Napoléon to ISIS, which examines several centuries of the demolition of monuments in the Middle East. With world events like ISIS and the protection of architectural heritage growing to be more and more topical, this collection is a useful tool in considering the role of violence, how ancient architecture is perceived as a cultural entity, what role the media has to play, and beyond.

IKEA Recreates Syrian Home Inside their Store in Efforts to Aid Refugee Crisis

16:15 - 14 November, 2016
IKEA Recreates Syrian Home Inside their Store in Efforts to Aid Refugee Crisis, via POL
via POL

Swedish mega-retailer IKEA is taking action to combat the destitute living conditions faced by Syrian refugees.

CyArk Captures Culture and Preserves History in the Face of ISIS in Syria

09:30 - 25 October, 2016
CyArk Captures Culture and Preserves History in the Face of ISIS in Syria, A laser scan of Al-Madrasa al-Jaqmaqiyah (currently serving as the Museum of Arabic Epigraphy) in Damascus, Syria. Courtesy DGAM/CyArk. Image via Redshift
A laser scan of Al-Madrasa al-Jaqmaqiyah (currently serving as the Museum of Arabic Epigraphy) in Damascus, Syria. Courtesy DGAM/CyArk. Image via Redshift

This article was originally published in Redshift and is republished here with permission.

3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City

12:30 - 21 September, 2016
3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City, © Instagram user Wappato
© Instagram user Wappato

A year after the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by the Islamic State, a 3D-printed recreation of one of its most iconic structures has begun its world tour. Originally erected in London’s Trafalgar square in April, on Monday, the replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in its new location outside city hall in New York City.

Marwa Al-Sabouni Explains How Syrian Architecture Laid the Foundations for War

09:30 - 21 August, 2016
Marwa Al-Sabouni Explains How Syrian Architecture Laid the Foundations for War, View of Homs in 2010. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/zz77/5246616267'>Flickr user zz77</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
View of Homs in 2010. Image © Flickr user zz77 licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In 2014, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni won the Syria category of the UN Habitat Mass Housing Competition for a housing scheme she developed for the city of Homs, her hometown. Now over two years later, Thames and Hudson has published her book Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria. Throughout all of these events, al-Sabouni has remained in Syria. As the Guardian puts it: “As bombs fell around her, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni stayed in Homs throughout the civil war, making plans to build hope from carnage.”

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