There’s no better way to pay your country back than to start thinking about its future; to keep hope alive despite the brutal and relentless violence that has brought the country to its knees.
Now in its sixth year, the conflict in Syria is one of the largest and most complex current humanitarian crises in the world, with no end in sight. Syrians are forced to leave their homes due to the violence, collapsed infrastructure, and the great danger and distress facing their children – the nation’s hope for a better future.
When we, the people of Syria, return to our cities, we expect many problems including the need for decent accommodation; a place that could protect us (from weather condition) and can be built quickly and cheaply.
To rebuild new areas, towns and even cities is not a new concept, but to rebuild it by taking advantage of all the rubble in Syria as insulation materials is a fairly new concept. The core question is how to achieve sustainable design and typology suitable for the Syrian building material and the local life style. Interaction with neighbors and gardens, and the connections between residential, commercial, and educational facilities will be considered in the design.
More than 80% of the electricity network is out; therefore, the need for off-grid housing systems will be essential. The viability of alternative energy sources such as solar thermal, PV, wind, waste to energy, evaporative cooling, and micro hydro energy will be investigated. These alternatives could decrease energy demand and also improve the prospective infrastructure. These off-grid houses should also have the capability to be connected to a rebuilt electricity grid in the future. It is important to mention that the cost of the buildings will be considered as a major factor in the design.
Ibrahem Al-Salamh – Syria
Ibrahem graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Al-Furat, Syria in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Stuttgart. His past experiences include working as a site engineer at AGM company in Syria for 2 years, holding a UNHCR focal point position for a year, and being a trainee at Daimler in Germany.