Domicide: Architecture, War and the Destruction of Home in Syria (Hardcover)

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Domicide: Architecture, War and the Destruction of Home in Syria (Hardcover)


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The city of Homs, like so many places in Syria, has suffered mass destruction since the war began in 2011. So far, the architectural response to the crisis has focused on 'cultural heritage', ancient architecture, and the external displacement of refugees, often neglecting the everyday lives of Syrians and the buildings that make up their homes and communities. In Domicide, Ammar Azzouz uses the notion of the 'home' to address the destruction in cities like Homs, the displacement of Syrian people both externally and internally, and to explore how cities can be rebuilt without causing further damage to the communities that live there.

Drawing on interviews with those working in the built environment professions, both inside and outside of Syria, but also Syrians from other backgrounds who have become 'architects' in their own way as they were forced to repair and rebuild their homes by themselves, Domicide offers fresh insight into the role of the architect during time of war, and explores how the future reconstruction of cities should mirror the wants and needs, the traditions and ways of living, of local communities. Focusing on Homs but offering a blueprint for other urban areas of conflict across Syria and the wider world, the book is essential reading for researchers in architecture, urban planning, heritage studies and conflict studies.
Ammar Azzouz is a British-Syrian architect and architectural critic. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. A researcher and writer on issues of architecture and war, reconstruction, and resilience, his research on Syria has been published with the New York Times, LSE Middle East Blog, the Independent, the New Statesman, the Global Construction Review, CITY and the City Metric.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350248106
ISBN-10: 135024810X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: August 10th, 2023
Pages: 176
Language: English