The Syrian Tragedy – Destruction of a World Culture
In November and December 2016 our association organized an exhibition and several panel discussions in cooperation with the Urban Archive Stuttgart, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and with kind support from the BW Bank.
The Aleppo Archive in Exile as a guest in Stuttgart
In 2008 the Municipality of Aleppo along with GIZ and Stuttgart’s association of the “Friends of the Old City of Aleppo” founded the “Urban Historic Archive and Documentation Center for Aleppo”. Located in a historic building in the heart of the ancient city of Aleppo the archive hosted a growing collection of cadastral maps, master plans, architectural analyses of monuments and traditional quarters. The Archive and Documentation center was supposed to support the preservation and authenticity of Old Aleppo.
In 2010 the archive was officially launched with an exhibition.
The Urban Archive in Stuttgart now kindly displays this exhibition again, this time complemented by impressions from the current situation of selected monuments and neighborhoods.
Furthermore, three panel discussions provided context and various points of views on the situation in Aleppo.
The duration of the exhibition is 23.11.2016 – 31.03.2017.
Guiding tours are available. Please contact the archive or the association.
On Thursday, 01.12.2016, 19:00h, the Ifa Institute at Charlottenplatz hosted the second panel discussion titled “Understanding Syria – about the future of a region”. This time, Daniel Gerlach (Journalist and editor-in-chief of zenith magazine) discussed with Dr. Sadiq Al-Mousllie (Syrian National Council). Jörg Armbruster moderated the panel discussion.
The Third panel discussion took place on Wednesday, 07.12.2016, 19:00h, in Stuttgart’s Urban Archive in Bellingweg 21.
This discussion’s title was “Reconstruction in Europe – a model for Aleppo?” This time Jörn Düwel (Professor of Architecture at HafenCity Hamburg) discussed with Stefano Bianca (Architect with long standing experience in urban rehabilitation and renewal in the Islamic world). Jörg Armbruster moderated the panel discussion.
The association most cordially thanks all cooperation partners, guests and the interested audience who contributed to three successful evenings.
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