Battle For Home - Marwa Al-Sabouni (Paperback)

Memoir of a Syrian Architect

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Barcode
9780500292938
Department
Books
Released
6 Jul 2017
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Marwa Al-sabouni
MARWA SABOUNI
Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton (Foreward By)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
THAMES & HUDSON
Language
English
Number of Pages
192
Dimensions
198 x 129mm (220g)

Summary

  • Drawing on the author’s personal experience of living and working as an architect in Syria, this timely and fascinating account offers an eyewitness perspective on the country’s bitter conflict through the lens of architecture, showing how the built environment and its destruction hold up a mirror to the communities that inhabit it.From Syria’s tolerant past, with churches and mosques built alongside one another in Old Homs and members of different religions living harmoniously together, the book chronicles the recent breakdown of social cohesion in Syria’s cities. With the lack of shared public spaces intensifying divisions within the community, and corrupt officials interfering in town planning for their own gain, these actions are symptomatic of wider abuses of power.With firsthand accounts of mortar attacks and stories of refugees struggling to find a home, The Battle for Home is a compelling explanation of the personal impact of the conflict and offers hope for how architecture can play a role in rebuilding a sense of identity within a damaged society.
  • “Sabouni’s elegy to her devastated town, a memoir about survival, and a kind of manifesto, stressing the importance of architecture and urbanism for our understanding of the deeper roots of Syria’s conflict . . .”—Los Angeles Review of Books

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General Subject
Architecture
BISAC Subject 1
Architecture / Regional
BISAC Subject 2
History / Middle East / General
BISAC Subject 3
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BISAC Subject 4
Architecture / Buildings / General
BISAC Subject 5
Architecture / History / Contemporary (1945-)
BIC Classification 1
Architecture
BIC Classification 2
Memoirs
BIC Classification 3
History of architecture
Library Subject 1
Architecture - History - 21st century - Syria
Library Subject 2
Religious tolerance - History - 21st century - Syria
Library Subject 3
Syria - History - 21st century
Dewey Classification
720.95691

Author Bio

Marwa al-Sabouni has a PhD in Islamic Architecture and runs a private architectural
studio in Homs, Syria. She is co-owner of the first and only online media site dedicated
to architectural news in Arabic: www.arch-news.net.