The Battle for Home

The Syrian War from the point of view of a young architect

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Marwa al-Sabouni is a young Syrian architect based in Homs, one of the cities most devastated by the war that has ravaged the country since 2011. In The Battle for Home the narrates the personal experience of living and working as an architect in a city under constant destruction. And she does so with special emphasis on the role that architecture plays in community building. Gone are the times when churches and mosques stood next to each other and citizens with different creeds coexisted in harmony. Today  public space in the city has practically disappeared and, with this, social cohesion. In The Battle for Home, Marwa al-Sabouni explores the personal impact that the conflict has had on her, but also offers hope about how architecture can contribute to recovering the country from devastation.

The Battle for home book cover ® Thames and Hudson

 

Krak des Chevaliers Illustration from the book The Battle for home © Marwa Al-Sabounib
Khalid Ibn-Walid Mosque Illustration from the book The Battle for home © Marwa Al-Sabounib
BabHoud in Old Homs Illustration from the book The Battle for home © Marwa Al-Sabounib

Marwa al-Sabouni is also the cofounder of a web page in Arabic about architecture.

 

 

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