Re-Coding V _ Echo of Children

The fourth edition of the Recoding Workshop took place from 15 April–15 July 2020 by Reparametrize Foundation in collaboration with HCU HafenCity Universität Hamburg in Germany.

Reparametrize Foundation in Syria, in cooperation with HCU HafenCity Universität Hamburg in Ger-many ,and Sponsor by JPU _Al Jazeera Private University, held an Online summer school course under the title “Recoding V” “Echo of Children”. from the 15th of April 15/04/2020 until the 15th of July15/07/2020
With the participation of 16 students from all years, divided into 5 groups, to obtain 5 space design proposals for the Faculty of Architecture.
The course Re-Coding Post War Syria – Echo of Children aimed at creating an intervention at a specific site within the sensitive and extraordinary context of post war Syria. Providing a space for children relief, certain parameters such as the remaining structures as well as the use of alternative and site-specifi c construction materials and techniques were taken into account. Eight students from both HafenCity University Hamburg and Damascus University worked in bilateral teams, jointly researching, analysing, designing and fabricating. The course was coordinated by the Syrian ar-chitectural practice of Reparametrize Studio Damascus as well as HafenCity University. The course consisted of 4 phases:
Phase 01 (Apr-May) Research
Phase 02 (May-June) Material Systems and Project Development
Phase 03 (May-June) Location and Strategy
Phase 04 (June-July) Design Process.


During the emerging COVID-19 crisis, Reparametrize faced the challenges by presenting a unique online experience interconnecting its network of faculty, industry collaborators, and laboratories in an online educational summer course. The Course focused on Re-thinking the aims, method-ologies and results of temporary architecture practices in affected environments. In addition to optimizing students’ knowledge about reusing materials as essential means for current views of post-war reconstruction. The research scoped local materials in Syria and material innovations and development trends, from advanced High-Tech to Low-Tech basic approaches. An essential part of the course was the design inspired by the vision of children who gave students ideas through their beautiful colors and sketches which expressed their needs of space for playing and communica-tion, where the students focused on the children’s situation looking at the impacts of destruction to identify risk constellations that predict child internalizing and externalizing behaviour problems, the impacts of lack of education, etc. Students explored the causes that led to the existing situation. The social situation as well as physiological impact on children were relevant parameters during this analysing process. Based on the gained knowledge, students developed ideas of interventions contributing to re-think, re-imagine and re-create, as well as interacting with the specific envi-ronment. Students then generated new visions and applications for the future of the affected and destroyed cities.


In this Course Reparametrize Studio focused on Re-thinking the aims, and methodologies of tem-porary architecture practices in affected environments, aiming to find a connection between war effects, behavior of children, remaining resources and temporary projects. In order to form a Pilot Project as a 1:1 Prototype through developing students’ knowledge about reusing recycled mate-rials as essential means for the change in the affected areas, they developed samples of recycled materials produced from War Waste (Rubble).

Public Lectures

Student Works

  • Re-Coding V_Echo of Children

  • Type : Research Course
  • Location : Damascus, SY | Hamburg, GER
  • Year : 2020
  • Credits

  • Collaborations : Reparametrize Foundation |  HCU HafenCity Universität Hamburg in Germany
  • Lead : Ziwar Al Nouri, Karsten Schlesier, Annette Bogle, Kindah Mousli, Wolfgang Willkomm, Mahmoud Ghazala Einieh
  • Ass: Sara Faraon, Mohammad Jumaa  
  • Reparametrize Studio : Abd Al Rahman Daaboul ,Abd Al Rahman Farra, Ayman Rabah, Jad Sneij, Mulham Kharboutli, Sara Faraon, Soubhi Al Jabal, Zeina Kalthoum
  • HafenCity Universität: Anne Ortmann, Arne Drewes, Helmut Teuber, Jana Wechtenbruch, Kathya Herrera, Linn Birwede, Sophie Lorenz Meyer, Thu Tran