Future City: Cities and Conflict

Thu Oct 19 2023 at 09:30 am to 10:30 am

Watershed | Bristol

Bristol Ideas
Publisher/HostBristol Ideas
Future City: Cities and Conflict
How Do We Help Rebuild Cities After War?
About this Event

Cities are often the first targets of attack in war. The war in Syria and the Russian invasion of Ukraine has seen cities attacked and destroyed. How do we rebuild cities after war?

The post-war rebuilding process looks different in every instance: some cities are rebuilt as they looked before, while others follow entirely different blueprints. But rebuilding a city is about a lot more than simply bricks and mortar. How do we achieve justice following war? What is the role of reparations – and who should pay? Attention also needs to be given to the communities that still live there, as well as those who have been displaced. How do we ensure these people are returned home and these communities are restored?

This panel brings together two architects from Homs, Syria – one still working in Homs, the other in exile – and the director of the Ukrainian Institute. Together, they will tackle these issues and discuss what we in the UK can do to help affected cities rebuild and recover following conflict or invasion. Ammar Azzouz is a Syrian-British architect and author of Domicide: Architecture, War and the Destruction of Home in Syria, and is joined by Marwa Al-Sabouni, Syrian architect and author of The Battle for Home and Building for Hope: Towards an Architecture of Belonging. Completing the panel is Olesya Khromeychuk, director of the Ukrainian Institute and author of The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister.


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Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, United Kingdom


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