Reflections from Syria: The role of architecture in conflict

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OLS 18-19 - Reflections from Syria: The role of architecture in conflict

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John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Dr Marwa Al-Sabouni considers the impact of conflict on urban environments, and the opportunity to rethink the colonist-imposed town planning of her home city of Homs, which cut off neighbourhoods and replaced courtyard houses with concrete towers.


Marwa believes this breakdown in social cohesion created conditions for armed conflict. Her hope is that architecture and rebuilding can play an essential role in strengthening communities - and in healing the Syrian people.



Marwa won a UN-Habitat competition for her proposal for the rebuilding of Baba Amr, and is the author of The Battle of Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect.



This is the 2018 Nabeel Hamdi lecture. Nabeel founded the MA in Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes.



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