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“….and The Cities of Salt rise, they grow tall, and they grow big, but if the water comes they evaporate as tho they never were! ”

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Name Nationality Date of Birth Marital Status Address Mobile Phone Email Linkedin

Dima Meiqari Syrian 12/Mar/1987 Single Weimar . Germany +49(0)17667160765 Dema.meiqari@gmail.com https://goo.gl/Tf7Pk6


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About me

Graduated in 2010 with a bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Studies from Damascus University, and a master’s degree in Media Architecture from Bauhaus Universität Weimar. During and after my studies, I have evolved a deep experience in architectural design. With exceptional stills and experiences in planning, detailing, designing, constructing and coordinating projects. In-field experience in management, teaching and monitoring and evaluation. Knowledge and experience in research methods and digital technology. Well organized, self-motivated and results-oriented with effective analytic and problem-solving skills. My goal is to contribute into interdisciplinary initiatives that aim to promote innovative development, strengthen cross cultural dialogue, improve people’s health, respect human rights and preserve the environment.

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Education Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Architecture/ Faculty of Media

September 2014 January 2018 (4 semesters) Weimar, Germany

Damascus University, Faculty of Architecture

September 2004 March 2010 (10 semesters) Damascus, Syria

M.Sc.Media Architecture DAAD Scholarship Holder - Grade: 1.3 (very good - A) Primary subjects covered: Media sourcing, Media analyses, Data visualization, Virtual reality, Big Data, Urban Sociology, Media Theory, Documenting and preservation of Modern Architecture, Film Making,Cultural Techniques Mobile Media, Interactive design, Interface design, Generative Design, and installations design.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture and Urban Studies

Equivalent to a Diploma of Applied Sciences Degree Grade: 64% (good - B) Primary subjects covered: Architectural design; History of architecture; Architectural theory; Sustainable architecture; Computer added design and modelling traditional architecture; Urban design; Urban renewal; Urban planning; Structural design; Calculation and design construction details. Damascus University, Open Learning Center

September 2007 March 2010 (6 semesters) Damascus, Syria

Bachelor in English-Arabic Translation

(completed 6 out of 8 semesters) Primary subjects covered: Reading comprehension; Theory of translation; Writings skills; Instant translation.

Work Experience 2018

Freelance Architect

Working as a consultant for several interior designers and clients producing design concepts and drafting renovation, interior design. The work included producing detailed drawings for acquiring legal permissions.

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MAG LAB, Materials-Advanced Architecture-Generative Laboratory

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April 2012 July 2014 Damascus, Syria Amman, Jordan

January 2011 March 2012 Damascus, Syria Barcelona, Spain

Architect, Tutor, Media Manager and coordinator

MAG Team focused on architectural projects and competitions’ design and visualization. While MAG LAB Team focused on organizing trainings, conferences and workshops in collaboration with universities in Syria and Spain. My duties ranged from: budgeting, public relations, tutoring, preparing program and lectures; in addition to: coordinating media activities and designing of posters and newsletters.

ART-Architecture Private Office of Architect Adonis Haidar

Intern and Junior Architect

August 2007 December 2010 Damascus, Syria

I started a part-time training during my studies which was more intensive during the summer break. Assisting the team in several tasks of conceptual design, research and layout drawings. Later after graduation I became a full time Junior Architect for a year, working in a team of five architects on projects of architectural design and renovation including exterior, interior and landscape design. My duties included: regular drafting of building designs and visualization, producing detailed drawings, acquiring legal permission and supervising construction.

Workshops and Conferences February 2018 Participant & Speaker - Syria’s DisBudapest, Hungary placed and the Obstacles to Return The Lemkin Reunion 4th Meeting Panels with historians, anthropologists, activists, and architects with external seminar participants and specialists from CEU community. Examined the obstacles to return for refugees through the identification and categorization of the different obstacles that those, who decide to fully or partially return, may face, in addition to the categorization of actors causing these obstacles. Presented a paper based of my research on architecture and migration. January 2017 Organizer - The Post war cities Weimar, Germany conference Organized by Urban sociology department and funded by DAAD. The conference aimed to gather Syrian, Iraqi, international and local architects in Germany to discuss “Post war city reconstruction and reconciliation”.
 October 2016 Organizer and Tutor – Orientation Week Weimar, Germany for Media Architecture Duties included: organizing and conducting introductory workshop for the fresh master students accepted in the program. September 2016 Participant - Syria Urban Research Berlin, Germany Network - TU Berlin A workshop organised to link together students of architecture and urbanism in Germany. September 2015 Organizer - Sonnengarten - Light InWeimar & Jena, stallation Germany

A member of the construction team of an interactive light installation that took part at the light festival in Jena, Germany February 2012 Organizer and Tutor - IN2SPACE, Barcelona, Spain International Design Workshop Joined organization team of a workshop by MAG LAB and Universitat Internacional De Catalunya (ESARQ-UIC) for architectural students.
Participants were expected to explore advanced techniques in modelling, and how to apply modelling tools in practical matters, in addition to tailoring a historic and architectural tours in the city of Barcelona. Organizer and Speaker - “1st Interna- March - December 2012 tional Conference of MAG LAB Damascus, Syria Initiatives” The conference aimed to introduce the work of MAG LAB including finished and future projects, in addition to students’ projects and experiences.
 March - December 2012 Organizer and Tutor - MAG LAB Damascus, Syria workshops Lecturing at workshops for architect students on “Rhinoceros” software, algorithmic modelling, parametric design and installation design and building. August 2008 Attendant -Academic Excursion, Germany / Denmark Brandenburgische Technische Universitäte Cottbus Urban design and architecture excursion to Berlin, Cottbus, Hamburg, and Copenhagen including visiting several urban planning centers, universities, architectural studios, historic sites, museums, parks, and public spaces. It also included several lectures by local architects and planners about the urban development of these cities by displaying historic, current and future plans of these cities. April 2008 Participant - Faculty of Architecture at Damascus, Syria Damascus University and Technische Universitäte Berlin Joint workshop for Syrian and German students to work on a project analysing the problem of informal settlements and highways in cities focusing on a case study from a site in Damascus, Syria, in order to explore a more sustainable structure to local informal settlements in Syria.


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Louna, China LOUNA International Academic (July, 2016) Design and Build Competition, Collaborator: Bamboo Camping Installation (Closed Ramiah Lemma & Invited) Status: Selected Organized by Louna International Architectural Festival of Mountain Building, as a key academic event of the 2016 Beijing Design Week. The competition aimed to discuss best-inpractice solutions using Bamboo architecture for rural rehabilitation and development within the rapid urbanization in China. Damascus, Syria (2016) Syndicate for Architects and Individual Designer Engineers - Damascus HQ An open competition for the new head quarter of “the Syndicate for Architects and Engineers “ Doha, Qatar (2016) Assistant Designer with MAG Team

Doha National Park Competition (Closed & Invited) Contributed to the project introduced by Maksoud Architecture Group (MAG)

Paris, France (2016)

Young Arab Architects Collaborator: Nour Harastani competition Published Organized by CA’ASI Architecture Studio’s Shared Home in Venice and Arab World Institute in Paris. It aimed to highlight the work of young architects in the Arab world within the context of their unique culture. Out proposed project was mentioned as part of the institute’s exhibitions and publications.

Achievements

Arch Researcher at Forensic Architecture Nick Axel Editor Volume Magazine nick.axel@gmail.com Prof. Dr. Chair of urban sociology at the BauhausFrank Eckardt University Weimar Frank.Eckardt@uni-weimar.de

Technical skills Arabic English German Circassian

Fluent (Mother Tongue) Full Professional Proficiency (IELTS Score 7.0) Commun – Level B2 Basics Windows Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) Internet and e-mail correspondence Writing and editing skills English - Arabic Translation Qualitative Research

Technical Drawings (Exterior - Interior - Reconstruction) AutoCAD (2d-3d) Sketch Up Revit Rhinoceros (Panelling Tools, Grasshopper, Monkey Script) Autodesk 3ds Max (3D Modelling and Default Rendering) V-Ray CNC 3D Printing

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GIS Adobe suite (Premier, Lightroom Photoshop, InDesign) Data Visualization Graphics Axure (UI /UX Design) Prossesing (Java script and data visualization) Audrino Video filming and photography

Media Links

Archdaily.cn https://goo.gl/55xkoS Young Arab Architects https://goo.gl/kZaipc MAG LAB https://goo.gl/fhMkuZ

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2016 -2017 Elected Member of “Fachshaft” and Weimar, Germany “StuKo” Students Representative Councils Elected to represent students of Media Architecture Master’s Program at Students’ Representative Council of Faculty of Architecture “FACCC” and the Student’s Supreme Body of Bauhaus University “StuKo”. Attended regular meetings to manage student’s self-governing body, including financial and technical support for student’s initiatives concerning cultural, social and political causes. 2004-2008 Member of the Syrian Arab Red CresDamascus, , Syria cent, Damascus Branch (Volunteer and Paramedic) Joined Damascus Branch’s Youth Committee in 2004.
 Completed basic courses in “First Aid”, “Community Based First Aid”, “Disaster Preparedness, Building and Managing Camps”, “HIV/AIDS Awareness” and “International Humanitarian Law and Red Cross/Red Crescent International Movement”.
Completed a 60-hours advanced course in “First Aid”, with practical training at a Damascus University Hospital. Joined the first aid teams for over 300 hours of service, and participated in different cultural, health, social, first aid and disaster preparedness and management activities, such as: the response to the Lebanese Crisis (July – August 2006), and the Facilitation Team of the Forth Red Crescent Children Camp (August 2005).

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Weimar, Germany The Bauhaus Essentials Award for 2015 “War and Media” Project A group project supervised by Prof. Dr. Ines Weizman and Architect Nick Axel under the “Centre of Documentary Architectures”. The studio project was selected to participate in the “Bauhaus Essentials” exhibition in which the jury awarded it the GRAFE creative prize. Weimar, Germany 2015 X Media Architecture “The Knowledge of Light” is a joint research project with Carina Weiss. The project participated in the Student’s “X Media Architecture” Exhibition at the Bauhaus University, which aimed to introduce the master’s program “Media Architecture” and celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Arch Teaching Assistant - PhD Candidate Adonis Haidar University of Salford A.Haidar1@salford.ac.uk

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In 2014, I started an interdisciplinary master’s program called Media Architecture in the Bauhaus Universität Weimar. But my story with this ambiguous field started way before. I got interested in the connection between digital fabrications and architecture while pursuing my diploma. Then, a deeper shift happened with on hand experience while working with an experimental design and teaching lab: MAGLAB founded, by Aref Maksoud. After a year of working with MAGlAB, I decided to get a wider theoretical background about the characteristics and concepts that connects media and the physical space. I was hoping of Combining research and creativity. Also, I got interested in the cultural, social, political, and economical influences of new information and communication techniques on urban and architectural space. Thankfully, these interests were fulfilled during my time at the Bauhaus Universität. There, I have learned about many concepts and practices, such as: interactive architecture, responsive environments, media facades, urban screens, media theory, smart architecture, interactive installations, immersive spaces, kinetic architecture, urban media environments, light architecture, façade mapping, mobile applications, the internet of things, and adaptive architecture. So far Media Architecture encompassed a number of my design and research projects in diverse forms: from digital fabrications, human space/computer interactions, digital media, interface design, urban media and even filming architecture-themed documentary.

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The ‘Urban Interface’ Project was directed by Dr. Sabine Zierold, Prof. Dr. Jens Gelhaar, Prof. Andreas Kästner and Susa Pop, the artistic director of the City Visions Festival. The project aimed to contribute to the city of Jena during the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 by designing suitable intergenerational communication patterns that would be addressed to both children and adults. My partner Carina Weiss and I developed conceptual, creative ideas related to light installations through interactive sensor control.


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reserching the interaction People with their physiological (sensory) and communication parameters were the medium for the design of the tangible interactive realities. The considerations of interaction with light included the fusion of real and virtual, knowing and not knowing, near and distant, light and dark. The light insulation as a communicative interface should reveal hidden information, data, stories or structures to be actively shaped and experienced interactively in architectural spaces. Finally, we chose to use the physical medium of the interaction using sensor. Our conceptualization included the use of a heartbeat sensor; however, for the development of a functional prototype, we used a distance sensor. As Jena is the home of “Abbe Center of Photonics”, it was logical to use the medium of glass and light for visualization and design. We did several experiments based on “Refractography”, which is the effect created by light when it passes through a transparent object. Also, we experimented with several materials like: plastic, glass, coloured glass, and lenses. At the end, we decided for the light installation to consist of a light source with a medium glass element (columns). The generated light will go through the medium glass which is patterned and coloured. The result will be a cast of a coloured patterned light on the projection canvas. The pattern design is based on “Biomorphic Patterns” to make the invisible microscopic data, which a person normally sees only through lenses, visible. The final product will be not only scientific but also meditative and inspiring.

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designing the space The theoretical and conceptual approach of the project considered the spatial urban contexts of the city of Jena with concrete requirements of social communication and individual interaction. Therefore, our development of interactive communication of knowledge was related to the chosen localities of the space in “Collegium Jenense”. To connect the present with the physical and virtual spaces, we designed a canopy to merge the insulation in the spatial context. This design integrated the light elements (columns) within the courtyard of “Collegium Jenense”. This element also created a special interaction of the elements with the daylight, by directing the sunlight into the space through the installation.

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The emergence of ambiguous realities is the fusion of virtual and current states. The mutual influence of digital media and architecture are leading to increase the enlightenment through physical and digital cross-linked medial space.


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The ‘Urban Interface’ Project was directed by Dr. Sabine Zierold, Prof. Dr. Jens Gelhaar, Prof. Andreas Kästner and Susa Pop, the artistic director of the City Visions Festival. The project brought together students of the Masters Programme MediaArchitecture in collaboration with students from the research group ‘Human-Computer Interaction’ which is directed by Prof. Dr. Eva Hornecker and Patrick Tobias Fischer at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar. The project aimed to design and produce sustainable light installations for the ‘Sonnenhof’ of the WG “Carl Zeiss”. “Sonnegarten” was the selected installation by the City Visions Jena Festival to be realized. The design team included three of my colleagues: Johannes Marschall, Till Fastnacht and Abraham Ornelas Aispuro; I was part of the construction team. The ‘Sonnengarten’ installation at the ‘Sonnenhof’ of the housing co-op WG “Carl Zeiss” demonstrates urban interaction with urban nature. By touching the plant, the proportion of its associated light gets reduced – for a short period of time the plant is symbolically deprived of its energy of live. The shape of the installation was conceived from the geometries of the given space. During the day, it creates a dialogue between the concrete of the space and the green walls of the installation. During the night, the dialogue between people and plants take the form of a play of lights that is activated by touching the plants.

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While working as an architect assistant with MAG LAB (Materials- Advanced Architecture – Generative laboratory) as a part of Maksoud Architectural Group, I participated in organizing workshops for architecture students on Rhinobsession Program Algorithmic Modelling (CAD) and Creative Art (installations). The teaching workshops were devoted to the design and prototyping of architectural immersive environments via computational generative methods.

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The aim of our work was to explore craft, developing an understanding of materials, tools, and techniques to directly inform the design process. Our work framed this exploration in a larger context of analogue and digital design and fabrication, highlighting both the efficiencies and limitations of digital fabrications.


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Creative art workshops The workshops were organized in collaboration with AIU, a private university in Syria. The workshops focused on showing students the different creative processes in a multidisciplinary artistic context, based on the new “making of� culture. Students were able to explore different ways of representing ideas through art concepts applied by an intensive search for spatial conditions in order to configure architectural spaces. Different spatial possibilities in a specific site gave the students the opportunity to generate several prototypes using realistic, raw and smart materials. The ultimate aim of these workshops was to give students an insight on different ways to generate and represent ideas combining exercises based on art examples and natural processes as paradigms. Students achieved this through theoretical classes, personal research and practical work. The outcome was always outstanding, colorful, and energetic.

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Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ESARQ) Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

IN 2SPACE workshop The “In 2SPACE Workshop” took place in Barcelona, Spain on February 2012. The workshop explored advanced techniques in modeling to help participants better understand how to apply modeling tools in practical situations. The main objective was to extract the information from the research and the visits in Barcelona as input in order to generate real scale installation “the canopy and the facility object” as output. The design process was to be showed by applying the new digital skills taught during the workshop; where students concentrated on exploring architectonical potentials seen and done by digital tools and usage of materials. After the workshop, students knew about: how to construct a design processes through digital tools and basic scripting tools and how to apply this knowledge to create architectonical proposals and physical prototypes. The Digital/ Physical Design Process followed the next steps: Step 01 – Ideas Inception: This part of the workshop was alimented by visits, conferences, brain storming and dialogues; followed by the translation of the accumulated ideas and information through communication tools such as sketching, 3D modelling, photos, and videos.

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Step 02 – Applying Infos: After idea inception, a general meeting was organized to discuss ideas for project selection. Participants were divided in groups with professors to work on the selected project; the work division gave the participants the chance to try different methods, tools and techniques.

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Step 03 – Construction: After finding a form through material behaviour testing, the first real scale structural performance test on the chosen site was carried out in this third and final part of the workshop.

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Seeing is the first link between architecture-built environment and the users; therefore, understanding this relationship between site and sight and its effect on both architecture and local community is one of the main challenges in architectural profession. This means that the work of architects is not only focused on how to add value to the city physical design and planning but also on how to improve the people’s awareness of the space. As people move through the city, the images that imprint on the minds of those local observers become as insensible as the physical building. The project aimed to rebuild the mental understanding of an existing area through the visual communication in order to create a new approach to see the timeline of this site through showing its past and observing both its present and future directions.


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In order to test the visual communication concept, we adapted the camera obscure which is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen and used it in two experiments. Experiment 01 – Pinhole Camera: The camera obscure (Latin; “camera” is a “vaulted chamber/room” + “obscure” means “dark”; “darkened chamber/room”) is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen. It was one of the inventions that led to photography. The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the hole and strikes a surface inside produce a highly accurate representation

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where it is reproduced, upside-down, but with color and preserved perspective. The image can be projected onto paper and can then be traced to the experiment was to create a simple prototype for the pinhole camera to investigate the methods of how it works Experiment 02 – Projection: Projecting images on a wall to see the effect of interaction between a person and the projected image

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“Beirut Street” is a crucial axis in the city of Damascus that contains a lot of historical buildings as Takiyya Al-Suleimaniyya, The National Museum, and the oldest hotel in Damascus. This street has radically changed through time on the level of architecture and urban planning; therefor people`s visual understanding of the area as well as their attitude has also changed. The change was reflected in transforming the culture of this place from a cultural gathering space into a crossing path. This project’s concept and design aimed to highlight this change in “Beirut Street” and the population of Damascus City.

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The ConceptThe main purpose of this design process is to stimulate the individuals’ behavior, attitude and actions towards the built environment; by developing a new perspective of a site, which may not necessarily provide a promotion of it, but rather, the development of using, noticing and imagining its elements The visual communication was the basic method to represent ideas, whether by signs or through drawing or writing. This type established a horizontal communication between community members (a sensed relation) and vertical communication through written symbols or language and even architectural drafts (non-sensed relation). The vertical communication meant the conversations taken place among individuals of the same generation and across generations

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We designed a building which has two functions: first, seeing the present and the past through a gallery of the city models and drawings as well as the “Camera Obscure Box”; and second, discussing the future through cultural events in the architectural social club which consist of an auditorium and a temporary gallery as well as workshop halls. The process of creating the (Site in-side \ Site in sight) was as follow: Site in-side: The “Camera Obscure Box” is a proposal to create a space where people could interact with the surrounding images. Using this box which is designed to function as a camera obscure, the outside surrounding would be projected upside-down on a wall inside the building. People will interact with the images, and these images will be recorded by a video camera and sent to a computer - Site in sight: The transformed images from the “Camera Obscure Box” would then be projected to an exterior wall in the landscape and become the backdrop of performing art. This will create an interaction in the building landscape. To accomplish this formula, the project had been directed by three elements: Element 1 – “Camera obscure Box”: It was used as a vantage point; the location and the height of the box was determined to get the right angel of view in the box. Element 2 – “Host Mass”: It was designed to carry the box to the right height, and to present the transparent skin for the social club facilities to insist on the inside-outside interaction with the built environment. Element 3 – “Interactive Outside Landscape”: It aimed to provide a space where the users can interact visually with the virtual built environment created inside the box. The design included a public space with a screen which provided the main entrance of the project.


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Media has always been a primary tool for dissecting the physical environment. My studies in the Bauhaus was an opportunity to critically investigate this intersection between architecture and media, and to understand cultural techniques in architecture using several corridors, channels and thresholds. The first project under this theme was “War and Media” studio; it investigated the connections between intangible elements (e.g. media war documentation) and tangible elements (e.g. architectural post-conflict destruction). In this studio, multiple tools were integrated as part of conducting the research and data visualization processes. The second project was a research of urban integration of refugees in the region of Thuringia, the project research the various media platforms refugees use to facilitate their daily needs. Finally, my master’s thesis aimed to reflect my understanding of the main characteristics connecting media platforms to architecture with focus on use of research narratives. The thesis investigated ethnical and vernacular architecture history, and included data visualization, interface design, and film production. As a result, I developed technical knowledge in pre and post-production techniques, motion graphics, and basic composition and editing techniques.

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“ We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles: a form which we have not yet designed and a context which we cannot properly describe”

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Media has been a strong element in human culture. Works by artists, photographers and filmmakers have provided a documentation of human lifestyles’ evolution as much as historians did; this evolution also include architecture. One part of human live is the process of displacement which was experienced by the Circassians. This study investigated the vernacular architecture of one ethnic minority. The “Circassians” or “Adyghe” ethnicity is one of the indigenous people of the North-West Caucasus that has been exiled from their land during the late 19th century as a result of the Russian conquest to the Caucasus. Therefore, this study also aimed to estimate the effect of forced displacement on vernacular and cultural practices in resettlement land. The evolutionary development of the Circassians society has always been of interest to researchers and significant segment of the general public as well. The process of looking for the indigenous methods for building forms and construction followed a historical and sociological research process utilizing literature review and filed research.

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DATA COLLECTION Online platforms and websites were searched to identify historical and literately sources about the life of Circassians in the Caucasus before and during the Russian conquest until the deportation in 1865 and in the resettlement communities in the Middle East first-established in 1878. The identified and collected data included: written documents and pictures produced by travellers, journalists, archaeologists, architects, artists, and historians who passed through the Caucasus and the Middle East between the mid-16th century till the first decade of the 20th century. In total, approximately 1,200 documents have been collected.

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classify In the course of this research, 756 “Historical Archival Objects” has been collected from online platforms. This reflects the role of social media and its broad connectivity, online participation and online observation in making these “Historical Archival Objects” widely accessible and converting them into “intangible cultural heritage”. The majority of these objects were visual imagery; and all of them had been verified and traced back to their original source. However, the social media is limited when it comes to exploring the relations of those objects’ content with their historical physical and social settings. Therefore, the first phase of analysing the “Historical Archival Objects” was to categorize them based on the preceding research and familiarity with the historical background.

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Distribution of historical archival objects collected (n=756) by media [Source: Meiqari, 2017] Twitter (n=45), Facebook (n=482), YouTube (n=19), Instgram (n=50), VK (n=120), Blogs (n=25), Flicker (n=15)

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IIIOral History and Filming for Documenting Vernacular Architecture The field research performed for this thesis included documentary filming in Jordan, which aimed to answer the question of: “Is there any surviving Circassian houses in Jordan?” Because many buildings outlast builders, personal testimony about buildings is primarily a way of obtaining limited cultural context and historic depth of the oral history passed on from original builders and users when they were still alive. Therefore, to answer the field research question, I sought to collect testimonies from local Circassians in Jordan to document their memories, feelings, and sense of belonging towards their Circassian heritage. In practice, visual and audio segments were recorded by following people while simultaneously walking through old houses and talking about their experiences in those specific locations. Architects are mainly concerned with drawings; historians are mainly concerned with stories. Filming, as a tool of documentation, combined both architectural space and people’s stories. As a result, films can demonstrate more contextual information and capture some details that are hard to determine through traditional sources. The film followed a simple structure to offer an overview of all the sites that have been visited with people’s testimonies about the site and/or the Circassian heritage in Jordan. The sites included: “deserted Circassian houses” in Amman, several 3-bay houses in Al-Na’ur and Wadi-Al-Seer, as well as one old Circassian house in Wadi-Al-Seer. Oral history revealed also how Circassians thought of their cultural identity within their re-cent architectural history. One clear example is 3-bay houses which had a strong place in the history of some Circassian families. Many individuals refer to their families’ 3-bay houses as “Circassian Houses” such as the “Abedah” family house in Wadi-Al-Seer, and the “Kada” family house in Al-Na’ur. The “Abedah” family house in Wadi-Al-Seer has a collective ownership by the family members; Mr. Nawzat Abedah, who is the vice president of the Circassian Charity Association, said that it represents a strong symbol of the family history; while the “Kada” family house in Al-Na’ur is open to be used for events and “Temporary Bazaars” by Circassian and non-Circassian communities alike. Although these 3-bay houses are not ethnically or structurally defined as Circassian; it is a common mistake among Circassians in Jordan to classify 3-bay houses as Circassian ethnic products. However, the memory of Circassian Houses (called “Wuna” in Circassian language) still lives. Mr. Imad Souber, a Circassian engineer originally from Wadi-Al-Seer who currently lives in Amman, has shared his memories while walking around the “still-standing” Circassian house in Wadi-Al-Seer. This house is now occupied by two sisters who are granddaughters of the original builder. Mr. Souber shared his knowledge about the house building process and maintenance as passed on to him from older generation. He also shared his spatial memory of how Wadi-Al-Seer used to look like.


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I started studying architecture in 2004. After 5 years of university work, I took part in many studios: 20 architectural design studios, 4 architectural details, 1 historic preservation, and 5 urban planning and design. After graduation, I also worked on competitions, commissions, and constructions. I worked with different typologies such as hotel, office buildings, and housing. I also worked with interior architecture design and construction projects. These different experiences have helped me in developing a large set of tools while looking forward to improving my understanding of the better process to work with architecture.

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“I can’t Understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones”

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This design was created taking into account a mixture of constrains of function, social aspects and the site consideration. This generated several layers within the building: private spaces contain all the therapy areas (e.g. spa, gym, physiotherapy and swimming pool) and public point for open commercial use (e.g. supermarket, restaurant, a hotel) integrated within the steep landscape and connected through communication spaces. The connection spaces within a box in box structure provide separated open and enclosed movement between the sections. Each box is standing out like a private independent element, while the void between the boxes is the public common space

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The whole complexity of the building induces through natural light. The building merges with the nature and composes a respond of surroundings completed by natural lights and shadow. And the light shading on interior concrete walls instigates and provokes different visual experiences and moods.

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““The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

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2010 I COMPATETION I DAMASCUS

Element 1 – The Stairs: The goal was to experiment with a new definition of the stairs and its surrounding urban fabric to create not only stairs but a path: a path to transform the site into a balcony to the surrounding. This path will also be defining the pedestrian activities as a landscape element. It will not only link down and up but also outside and inside. Additionally, it will attract attentions horizontally while raising vertically.

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For this office building, the design is organized around two natural rhythms: pedestrian movement and façade perception. As a result, two major elements will make the potential form of a building in constant interaction with the surrounding:

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form a semi-transparent (by the offices) to extreme transparent (by the halls and corridors). This ordered mathematical information in façade generates spatial transformational perceptions and positive emotional responses.

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Element 2 - The Façade: A materials balance was constructed following a fading mathematics occupation, Fibonacci, forming a symmetry group of a two-dimensional design which is both finite and infinite. The façade’s grid is arranged in a linear series of vertical and horizontal fading; therefore, the building’s texture is gradually transformed

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2010 I Student work I Damascus University

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Traditions and heritage in architecture are mostly misunderstood and taken out of the framework of continuity. This misunderstanding is imposed on the postmodern architectural forms through stable relationships, where time stopped and the process of design is highly suggestive. The reality does not eliminate the experience of human interactions with the surrounding and does not give the human a sense of freedom. In the context of heritage, we can say that the real architecture is able to respond to the needs of man given that these needs are a form of a perception of reality. However, the response is restricted by the data of reality. This is what architecture has always come out of idealism which sought traditions as highly romanticized and always in connection with nostalgia, while awareness of the real nature of the mechanism of traditions as responsive analysis transforms traditions and heritage from constrain into a part of the natural engine of evolution.

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The project aimed to create a better public understanding of architecture and culture, through the tangible and intangible exploration of the history of architecture in Damascus and to make a little bit of understanding the reasons of the current situation of the city’s architecture through emphasizing on the role of past in shaping the present and the future (if you know the past, you will understand the present and prepare yourself to the future).

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An understanding of the urban history the old city of Damascus has been made to understand the evaluation of structure of the city that made the city change through ages from “straight streets intersecting” city into a true living cell as a “net walk”. This evaluation was imprinted to the form of the design, which was the base of the project’s concept.

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The buildings of the ancestors’ architecture “The Postmodern Architecture” have been a real response to their needs and addressed a clear and frank realities of their time and all of its possibilities. The modern generations must continue the development process. However, what is happening in our present now attempts to mimic the form of the past without understanding its content and context; attempts to give a picture of that past in the form of arches and yards, and the tendering of these forms without providing the basis of how and why these yards started, evolved and were used.

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The site The chosen site was attached to the old city as it lies by the western edge of the eastern “Damascus’ Wall” but included in the modern extension of the city. This gave an opportunity to make new understanding through the image of the past. I defined the main grid of the site and the main axis and the existing trees to decide the best way to locate the building and the entry points. When looking at the map of Damascus made by the French expedition by early 19th century, no traces of urban fabric can be found for this area. The main purpose of this analyses was to dissect the ancient (Roman) and the modern (colonial) morphologies of the city. As a result, the open public space was transformed into a specific typology for the space based on old city morphology (boxes) within a bigger clear shaped liner form.


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In order for the architecture to convey a culture, it must have some sort of patterns. By patterns, I do not mean pre-fixed techniques, and I don’t eliminate creativity. By patterns, I mean the soul of that architecture. It is like when you hear a piece of music and you know that this piece is from that place or from this place.


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This center was aimed to act as an educational-cultural facility which has workshop halls, a library and a 300-meter-squared gallery.

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The main concept of the project was to have a coherent contextual design with the downhill by creating a cohabitation void through the main mass.

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This Project was a challenge because the total area was only 324-meter-squared land, and the design was restricted to have a square-like courtyard, with 3.6*3.6-meter dimensions, in the center of the house.

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This project capitalized on the relatively large scale and scope of contemporary architecture in Damascus, Projects explored the traditional new model of architecture in the country during a studio in construction details and building laws that was held in parallel with the studio project. The projects deal with integrating the most common building massing, structure and skin into a functioning 4 flats floor plan.

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During my studies in Damascus university, I took part in urban scale projects which introduced me to the core technical principles that govern key aspects of infrastructure such as transportation, energy, water and waste, in addition to a theoretical and practical experience on the role of the built environment in society’s environmental and economic footprint.

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The workshop was set to analyse one of the major threats that Damascus is facing which is the fast spread of the informal settlements. The main concept was to connect the informal buildings using mixed combination of metal and cement, and to add commercial and mobile facilities to provide this area with services, create work opportunities, and transfer the area into an attraction point inside the Syrian capital. The plan was based on the creation of an isolation element along the highway which included a bridge that could carry different facilities with the possibility to contain the noise and pollution generated by cars and trucks. During the workshop, students had to visit and analyse one area of those informal settlements and then break into teams to propose alternatives and solutions for the highlighted problems. One of the problems that my team focused on was how the rapid urbanization of Damascus had endangered the green farms of Al-Ghouta which has provided Damascus with its agriculture needs and with an ecological balance for the past thousands of years. As a result, our solutions included a proposed spatial design that would help to reinstall the missing green element within the area, and a long-term strategy that would reduce this urban population growth by creating and attracting investments outside the main cities. It was a valuable experience in which I noticed how combining different perspectives of students from two different cultures and variety of methodologies has enriched the research and the project objectives. It also reinforced my understanding of the inherited built environment and provided indepth understanding of the dynamic interaction between architecture and community.

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Joint workshop for Syrian and German students to work on a project analysing the problem of informal settlements and highways in a case study from the city of Damascus, Syria, in order to explore a more sustainable structure to local informal settlements in Syria.

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The selected area is located near the old city and it is part of the first master plan for Damascus prepred in 1935 by a French firm which was headed by the renowned urbanist Rene Danger. AL-HAL Area has gone through economic and social changes which in turn affected its urban fabrication. This study included two steps: first, to analyse the current situation of the area; and second, to propose alternatives to identified problems.

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As part of our study, we tried to include illegal/informal employment in our analyses, as previous research in other Middle Eastern cities found that “activity in the urban ‘hidden economy,’ which might be as big as the reported one, partially relieves economic pressures. Informality is not only the experience of the urban poor. Informality, therefore, cannot be considered independently of the formal economy and construction” (Haim Yacobi & Relli Shechter (2006) Rethinking cities in the Middle East: political economy, planning, and the lived space, The Journal of Architecture, 10:5, 499-515, DOI: 10.1080/13602360500285500). In Damascus, inhabitants of these areas tend to work in the service sector as taxi drivers, waiters, garbage collectors, and manual labourers. However, employment statistics of the informal sector are not available. This reflects weaknesses in drawing and adapting evidence-based policies that would effectively analyse and solve urban problems facing communities in Damascus.


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SWOT analysis: • Strength: Area is located by the main southern highway • Weakness: Random rapid urbanisation which affected the area by having several unmatched facilities all by having a highly crowded commercial building in the center next to a residential area, in addition to the spread of the informal settlements • Opportunity: The site performs as a vocal point • Threat: The high level of pollution

Housing Analysis: • Informal Housing Area : 1.5 Hectare • Population : 640 persons • Density : 400 P/H Traffic Analysis: The design transforms the current Huge Parking Spot into a Net Walk, Creating axis for people to walk through.

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New Local Density... • Total Area : 18.6 Hectare • Density : 150 P/H

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• Suggested Housing Area : 3.8 Hectare • Private Density Target : 280 P/H • Population :2800 persons • Families : 500 families • Parking Needed : 500 cars • Parking Provided on the ground : 1/5 = 100 cars • Parking Capacity underground : Total housing blocks GF area : 1.85 Hectare Area needed for 1 car parking : 25 m2 Capacity : 740 cars

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The suggested solution was based on several points: to keep the buildings with a good visual status by changing it function after rehabilitation; to plan the area by solving the problems of density and contextual informal settlements; and to expand the green areas.

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