Rural Habitation In Syria: The Culture Of Traditional Architecture And Its Role In The Reconstruction Process

Mohammad Wesam AL ASALI, Iyas SHAHIN


This paper is a try to investigate the positive role that traditional architecture can play in reconstruction phase, particularly in rural Syria, and to highlight the effective role of the cultural and social participation in that phase. In addition to exploring the power of possibilities of traditional architecture and its implementation on the strategic vision of the reconstruction phase, the research takes into account the authenticity of the Syrian rural society and the diversity of its urban identity.

The research consists of three major sections; the first is about defining the term (reconstruction) in both concepts and post-war practices and its key roots in the Syrian-Arab culture, the second is about the urban and social themes in the Syrian rural areas, and the third is an attempt to intersect these themes in the post-war guideline extracted from previous researches.

The research does not propose any practical strategy of post-war reconstruction but emphasizes on the importance of learning from the traditional and local architecture in such phase. This could motivate for other initiatives towards local-based recovery strategy. Finally, the research considers that war-torn society itself is the source of the future reconstruction visions.

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