Aleppo is claimed to be one of the oldest cities in the world. It has been rebuilt many times before. History plays an important role in understanding what Aleppo is. With historian Geert Mak and AlHakam Shaar of the Aleppo Project we will dive into the history and the elements that make Aleppo, Aleppo. After setting the context we will imagine a city of the future with introductions and workshops about place making and building future cities. The afternoon connects existing efforts and networks, including professional Syrians in the fields of city making.
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Talks: What is Aleppo?
- Geert Mak will give a talk on the relations between Aleppo and Amsterdam. The Second World War has shaped our present and the Syrian refugees shape our future. The Arab Spring did not disappear but is at least partially in Europe today. How are then and now connected? And how is Aleppo shaping Amsterdam?
- AlHakam Shaar is Holbrooke Fellow for The Aleppo Project at the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiations, and Recovery at Central European University in Budapest. He studies Aleppians’ narratives of the war and the rebuilding of the city. He will give us an insight into a 7000-year-old city. A city on the borders of Turkey and Syria. A city used to connect the Silk Road with Europe. Aleppo has always had a distinct identity, similar to a state city, resembling Venice and Amsterdam. What are the elements that make Aleppo, Aleppo?
- Thomas Stellmach is architect and urban planner, founder and director of TSPA in Berlin and consultant for UN Habitat, Aga Khan Foundation and the German Development Service GIZ. His research focuses on strategic urban planning in an international context. In 2009/2010 he developed the project ‘Aleppo Diverse, Open City’, an urban vision for 2025 which looks into the socio-spatial fabric of this diverse city and instrumentalizes both formal and informal mechanisms as tools for future urban development. Just before the outbreak of the civil war, ‘Aleppo Diverse’ offers a snapshot of Aleppo’s state and potentials.
Workshops: Making a city of the future
Short introductions and workshops about place making and building future cities. On urban planning, architecture, cutting edge ideas, innovations and research. The afternoon connects existing efforts and networks, including professional Syrians in the fields of city making. All the gathered work of Rethink Aleppo will be made public and available to all on a digital “Aleppo Embassy”.
‘The best way to predict the future is to make it’
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