As the world watches the Syrian Civil War happen, a Syrian architect, Marwa al-Sabouni, has managed the ravages of conflict by thinking about the postwar reconstructing process. From her home in Syria, she talked about her vision for what’s to come.
Situated in Homs, Syria’s third biggest city, al-Sabouni has lived the experience of a civil war. “We fundamentally don’t have a cityscape any longer,” she says, indicating the fact that more than 60% of Homs has been totally wrecked as a result of the conflict. There are pockets of bearable neighborhoods, however these are leftovers, each disconnected from the other by substantial, blocked swaths of rubbled territories. “Every area is encompassed by heaps of fallen structures,” she reports. In 2012, al-Sabouni’s design studio, which once disregarded the primary square in the focal neighborhood of Old Homs, ended up plainly one of those straightened structures.