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Ana Carolina Helena

Rua do Mercado nº4A R/cA, Venda do Pinheiro, Portugal
Ana Carolina Helena is a recently graduated architect from Lisboa, Portugal, born in 1995. During her studies at Faculty of Architecture of University of Lisbon, completed in 2019, she researched and did her master thesis on post-conflict Architecture. A strong believer of architecture as a public service, she stands for a stronger connection between the history and the culture of each place and the architectural practice.

Aleppo: Open City


An Arts and Crafts School in a post-Conflict context

Aleppo: Open City


An Arts and Crafts School in a post-Conflict context
Aleppo: Open City suggests immaterial heritage as the main tool for sustainable physical reconstruction
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Due to the brutality of the recent conflict, Aleppo, an emblematic crossing point in the milennar commercial routes, became a battlefield. Partially destroyed, the city, once a reference for peaceful inter-religious co-habitation in the Middle East, is now deprived from the majority of public services and infrastructures.

Thinking in the physical reconstruction as a fundamental element to the economic recovery and the re-establishment of lasting urban peace, a solution of continuity is propounded; acting directly on one of the main epicenters of the conflict - the edges between the city and the forgotten suburbia.
Traditional crafts and knowledge are suggested in this work as an exclusive tool against a violent globalized market where handmade crafts do not seem to fit anymore; as well they serve to connect groups of people together through this common heritage.


Aleppo: Open City


An Arts and Crafts School in a post-Conflict context

Aleppo: Open City


An Arts and Crafts School in a post-Conflict context
Aleppo: Open City suggests immaterial heritage as the main tool for sustainable physical reconstruction
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

Due to the brutality of the recent conflict, Aleppo, an emblematic crossing point in the milennar commercial routes, became a battlefield. Partially destroyed, the city, once a reference for peaceful inter-religious co-habitation in the Middle East, is now deprived from the majority of public services and infrastructures.

Thinking in the physical reconstruction as a fundamental element to the economic recovery and the re-establishment of lasting urban peace, a solution of continuity is propounded; acting directly on one of the main epicenters of the conflict - the edges between the city and the forgotten suburbia.
Traditional crafts and knowledge are suggested in this work as an exclusive tool against a violent globalized market where handmade crafts do not seem to fit anymore; as well they serve to connect groups of people together through this common heritage.



Idea by

Ana Carolina Helena
Rua do Mercado nº4A R/cA
Venda do Pinheiro
Portugal
Ana Carolina Helena is a recently graduated architect from Lisboa, Portugal, born in 1995. During her studies at Faculty of Architecture of University of Lisbon, completed in 2019, she researched and did her master thesis on post-conflict Architecture. A strong believer of architecture as a public service, she stands for a stronger connection between the history and the culture of each place and the architectural practice.