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14 marts, 2014 | 15:00 - 15 marts, 2014 | 17:30


Architecture Sans Frontières, Denmark in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Fine Arts- School of Architecture, Copenhagen, invites you to the kick-off workshop: Syria – Pre/Pro/Post Change.

14-15 march 2014 – at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture

Syria is witnessing, since March 2011 and hitherto, one of the most extreme and complicated conflicts in its modern history.
Bombarding and battling has resulted in a huge damage to a lot of residential areas, buildings, infrastructures and public facilities. It is estimated that destruction ranges on average between 10-25% of buildings in Syrian areas with higher proportions in particular cities. More than 2.5 million Syrians fled their homes and over 600,000 registered refugees have fled to neighboring countries, yet the real number of is much higher. Physically intact places have also been affected, a new set of human-space scenarios are emerging in personal and urban levels.

How can architects and planners meet all these challenges, what are the needs and the role of societies to progress urgent and long-term development?

The intention is that through group work and discussions this will lead to proposals on future scenarios, strategies and visions in drawing, model and text.

The goal of the first workshop is both to apprehend how people currently relate to the urban spaces as well as to start a discussion about the methods and tools architects could develop to help shaping a better conditions in this context. The workshop will focus on the spatial dimension of the current everyday life in Syria, and the development of a variety of cases of refugee camps, rural and urban areas in both emergency and long-term planning. The intention is that through group work and discussions this will lead to proposals on future scenarios, strategies and visions in drawing, model and text. The workshop includes introductory presentations by:

Jørgen Eskemose, Head of Department of Human Settlements, School of Architecture KADK
Jorge Lobos, architect Chile – Italy
M.Wesam Al Asali, architect Syria
Iyas Shahin, Ph.D. Cand Arch., Damascus University
Runa Johannessen, Ph.D. student, Cand. Arch., University of Copenhagen


FRIDAY 14 MARCH 15:00-18:30
  • Architecture Sans Frontières
  • Project introduction
  • M.Wesam Al Asali: Introduction to the case of Syria
  • Jorge Lobos: Emergency cases and refugee camps
  • Runa Johannessen: Spatial Constraints – Architecture and conflicts, the case of Palestine
  • Jørgen Eskemose: The role of architects in contexts undergoing rapid urbanization, lessons from Mozambique
  • Group discussions and working on proposals
  • Introduction to the program of Saturda
SATURDAY 15 MARCH 10:00-17:30
  • Plenary discussion
  • Yass Shahin: Damascus and future Housing: Identity and participation- recorded from Syria
  • M.Wesam Al Asali: Architecture, Diversity and specificity in Syrian architecture
  • Pin up, Project presentation and discussions
  • Group work
  • Final notes

Participation is open for everyone; we encourage participants from all professions and competences.. There is a maximum number of participants. Sign up via email at before March 10th. Participation fee 100kr ( students 50kr) will cover the expenses related to the workshop.

This workshop is also a part of 5X5 workshop that goes from 10-21 of March at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

>>Download invitationletter (as PDF)


14 marts, 2014 | 15:00
15 marts, 2014 | 17:30
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