Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale 2019/2020_UABB 

Shenzhen, China, 2020

RE-CODING Post-War Syria / When numbers meet Architecture and Culture

Shenzhen, China

The aim of this project is to reactivate the past and reimagining the future through the eyes of those who witnessed the war. To send the visitors on a trip to the neighborhoods of Damascus and the destruction areas using high-resolution images. For a complete experience the visitors take a dive into the timeline of the war and learns about the evolution of the city trough illustrations of the history and the people who lived through the War. Being provided with information on a highest documentation level, using the language of high-quality images, videos and fascinating animations. One can listen to interviews with the local inhabitants focused on their current live style and change during the war. One can also observe the current reality, the grey, unkempt house façades, and the children playing on the rubble. However, this image slowly changes
trough the smile of the children a new city starts to regenerate better and brighter than before.  
The focus is always on how people adjust to difficult circumstances to be able to lead a life that is as close to normal as possible – how the War and the destruction everywhere became everyday normality. And how slowly but surely a brighter future sets in.
Data visualization is a great way to tell a story. The importance of location data continues to grow so do the ways we can visualize this information. 
Using Data visualization as powerful communication tool one can imagine the extent of the destruction trough: location data, population density, infrastructural changes documented using 3D scanning and point cloud techniques.
The visitors can observe one of the local neighborhoods in Damascus. The projection mapping serves as a media to attract the curiosity of the visitors who are offered extra choice to see more of the story behind and go inside the picture to experience it through a virtual reality tour using VR equipment.

  • Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture UABB 2019

  • Type : Exhibition
  • Location : Shenzhen, China
  • Programmes : Research
  • Year : 2019/2020
  • Status : Built
  • Credits

  • Architect : Reparametrize Studio
  • Research Lead : Ziwar Al Nouri
  • Team : Mohammad Jumaa, Atanas Zhelev, Hu Yongheng, Muaz Shabat, Luay Saker, Nairooz Khateeb, Sara Faraon, Zeina Orfali.