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.
Throughout the previous two years, Homs has been for the most part saved from major conflict, with the exception of an incidental auto bomb or mortar. Be that as it may, commonality is far off. Not exclusively was the April 7 airstrike by the United States a unimportant 20 miles southeast of the city, however there are every day battles: Electricity is apportioned for a couple of hours, which implies that even the most fundamental undertakings—clothing or charging a telephone, for instance—take early arrangement. There are generators, however the fuel to power them can be rare. As al-Sabouni describes it, “It’s a stage amongst war and peace.”