With the participation of The Aleppo Project, Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam held a series of events that brought together Syrian and European researchers and city lovers in discussion about the future of the devastated city of Aleppo. Aleppo Project fellow AlHakam Shaar took part in the keynote panel and co-organized a workshop on identity, ownership and agency in defining and re-visiting cultural heritage.
Three reports by Cities in Transition include more details:
“On the 5th of May 2017, architects, urban planners, researchers and city-makers came together at Pakhuis de Zwijger for a series of talks and workshops on the future of Aleppo. Discussions on rebuilding the city have already started at a global scale, so it is imperative to begin investigating what could be the future Aleppo on a collaborative basis. During the event, both Dutch and Syrian professionals exchanged ideas on how can we rethink Aleppo as a unified city. Are we talking about ‘tabula rasa’, or co-authorship that interlocks with the existing buildings and systems that have accumulated over time? Opinions variate, yet a look at Aleppo’s history offers a clear perspective – the city always wins.”