Post Conflict Recovery of Urban Cultural Heritage – Case Study: Old City of Aleppo
Stunde-Null is one of the first large programs of the ArcHerNet (Archaeological Heritage Network) – “A Future for the Time After the Crisis”, that concentrates on preservation of cultural heritage and capacity building activities in the Middle east. The DAI (German Archaeological Institute) coordinates the program and MIK (Museum for Islamic Art) in Berlin has joined Stunde Null with the project: Post-Conflict Recovery of Urban Cultural Heritage – Case Study: Old City of Aleppo, with the financial support of the Foreign Office.
STUNDE NULL 2019: Post Conflict Documentation of a Historic Neighbourhood – Suwayqat Ali Area
Deploying the museum’s broad scientific network and expertise over the years on Aleppo, the pilot project: Post-Conflict Documentation of a Historical Neighbourhood in Aleppo, has started in 2019. Working on the severely destroyed historical area of Suwayqat Ali in the old city as our study area based on the high extent of damage, the outstanding value of the traditional urban fabric of different historic periods and architectural styles, and the availability of resources and former studies on the area. Analysing the urban morphology for 3 periods of time (1932 – 2011 and 2019), describing the history and architecture of 38 monuments, and assessing the overall damage in the area. The extensive 363 pages publication is currently available for download.
STUNDE NULL 2020
From monuments to houses: in the same methodology, shifting to document the rest of the urban fabric; the under represented heritage of the residential fabric.
2020 stunde null project works on the archival material of Jean-Claude David to study the typological structure of traditional houses in al-Judayda quarter, defining the urban elements of a residential cluster, the typology of different sizes of traditional houses in the study area, the elements of a single house from special rooms, and the courtyard elevations and decorations. The study also collects the KNOW-HOW on building materials, construction techniques and tools, categorising damage patterns, and suggesting levels of intervention and the steps of a conservation plan.
The project is carried out in close cooperation with the Politecnico di Bari (Prof. Annalinda Neglia), the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University Istanbul (Prof. Ruba Kasmo) and the consulting architect Thierry Grandin.
Stefan Weber (Project Supervision), Anne Mollenhauer (Project Management Coordinator), Dima Dayoub (Project Coordinator), and Alaa Haddad (Researcher).
on-going since June 2019
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