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Thesis discussion date:
17 December 2019

Lorenzo Maria De Vecchi, Nicolò Sciolti, Vittorio Vaghi

Maria Grazia Folli

Professors of the Studio:
Maria Grazia Folli (Architectural Design)
Corrado Pecora (Structures)
Lavinia Chiara Tagliabue (Technology and Design in BIM Environment)
Giovanni Dotelli (Innovative Materials for Architecture)
Francesco Romano (Building Services Design)

In the aim of Syria post-war reconstruction, the project wants to be involved in the re-building of a national identity. On this purpose the design process is given through the analysis of one of the most damaged historical heritage of this country, Aleppo.
In the most destroyed Unesco heritage site, the need of a conscious reconstruction belongs to the realization of a new “Image” of the city, the proper scenario for the further development of the whole country.
In this sense the design process of a new cultural centre above the ancient madrasa al-Sultaniyya becomes the opportunity to integrate and express in a unique complex building a theme such as rebirth in its intimate connection with the commemoration necessity of a breakthrough event in the history of a people.
Aleppo memorial and cultural centre provides to reach all of these purposes giving to the citizen a place to gather and study, to enrich knowledge and strengthen public sense of community. But the main goal achieved in the process is to give a reflection spot, an outlook to the bombing ruins of the recent history, to remember and be warned; the enlightening of a conscious memory.

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