Re-coding Post-War Syria –


When numbers meet Architecture and Culture


Shenzhen, China, 2020

Re-coding Post-War Syria – When numbers meet Architecture and Culture

/ 重编战后的叙利亚-当数字邂逅建筑和文化

Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture_ UABB, 2020

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.

Re-coding Post-War Syria – When numbers meet Architecture and Culture

  • Type : Exhibition
  • Location : Shenzhen, China
  • Programmes : Research
  • Year : 2019-20
  • Status : Built


  • Architect : Reparametrize Studio & Digital Architects
  • Design Lead : Mohamad Ziwar Al Nouri / Head of Project – Senior Researcher / Reparametrize Studio
  • Team : Atanas Zhelev, Mariya Korolova / Senior Researcher / Digital Architects, Hu Yongheng / Senior Researcher / Reparametrize Studio,  Mohammad Jumaa , Mouaz Shubat, Louay Saker, Lillian AlWaa, Sara Faraon, Zeina Orfali / Junior Researcher / Reparametrize Studio.  
  • “Eyes of The City” section Chief Curator: Carlo Ratti Academic Curator: Politecnico di Torino – Michele Bonino; South China University of Technology – Sun Yimin (South China-Torino Lab) Executive Curators: Daniele Belleri [CRA], Edoardo Bruno, Xu Haohao Curator of the GBA Academy: Politecnico di Milano (Adalberto Del Bo)