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War is the most serious reason for causing the damage to both artificial and natural landscape. Syria, one of the oldest civilizations in the world is entering it’s another year of debilitating violence at a moment of geopolitical flux. It has been and remains a crucible in the geopolitics of the Middle East; a flash point in great power play; a source of instability; and a devastating human tragedy.
The international response to Syria has dealt with those aspects in that order rather than prioritizing the human suffering. Looking at the current dynamics – the dissent between rebellion – the Government along with other spectating powers of the world involved in the war, it is far from being solved. A huge deficit that is created in Syria, including corruption and chaos, the place has lost a lot more than what it had. What it means for the people now that a top-down approach in solving this crisis is way too far from the population it is intended for.
But why is the conflict so complex and assumed unsolvable at the ﬁrst place?
With its eruption in March 2011 as a peaceful protest turned into a violent storm; triggered this civil war to an outbreak. The traces of the public dissent against the ongoing Assad regime has been clear since the pre-war years and had reached its boiling point on this event where they collided.
There have been several violent exchanges in the past, between the Rebellion (Identifi ed as Free Syrian Army) who refuse to accept the current Government (Lead by President Bashar al Assad). Eventually in the lengthy crossfire, there have been more factions who took birth which made the war even complex. With all this assault around, the people who did not pick up any arms – the citizens of Syria suffered the most.
With its 7th Year of catastrophe, damage assessment reports say the payback amount is over 4 times to Syria’s 2010 GDP. While the immeasurable loss to property, life, tourism and heritage is beyond valuation. The war eventually has plundered all the social life and key hotspots of major cities.
The cost of war cannot be quantified, but the price that Syria has to pay now is much more than it can afford. As the ruling government figures out where the funds will come from, the spectating countries are still sceptical to invest as the economic leaders realise it is still a risky place to put money on.
Assuming the conflict is completely solved, the investment will come at the price of diplomatic motives rather than the problems of the people on the ground. In fact, as the residents are now returning from their refugee camps to their dilapidated homes – the daily life they used to live is totally impaired.
The only hope Syria now has that the reconstruction of this broken place might bring the region together. It will cost a lot which cannot/won’t come from any one side, and by the trends of today, no side will actually outright win the war in the longer run. To even fix the abject destruction of Syria will require a peace deal producing a level of economic cooperation between all sides, foreign, domestic and people on the ground. Without it, Syria will perish.
CITIZENS OF PLACE ALEPPO
Aleppo, one of the oldest cities in the world and home to the oldest world heritage sites stated by UNESCO, has been one of the key battlefields of the war. However, the same has been at the centre of cross fire with massive damages incurred on its built and social heritage. As people are moving back to the city to rebuild their lives again, the damage to begin with has been huge. Covered markets, Mosques, bustling neighbourhoods with blooming public life a decade ago are heavily impaired.
Being one of the oldest inhabited city in the World, Aleppo has witnessed various Dynasties – Wars – Empires – Cultures throughout history. That has also earmarked its essential place in the silk route where its influence extended in countries beyond its geographic borders. Historically; one of the most desired places in terms of quality of life and trade, this place has been a clear example in history no matter how many times it has been destroyed, it has been built back again yet.
Aleppo is the hotspot of the political tussle at large considering the control map of Syria. If a truce of peace begins at Aleppo, it has the most probability to heal the communal division at large through Syria.
The site sits right next to the citadel of Aleppo and is at the heart of the walled city historic precinct.
- Site Area: 11,211sq.m (2.77 Acres)
- Coordinates: 36°11’50.45”N, 37°9’46.37”E
- Location: Site of Grand Serail, Aleppo, Syria
- Pre-destruction land use: Government Infrastructure – Repurposed to Hotel
- Only regulations to be followed: Height restrictions – 45m (5m less than Citadel), Set backs of 7.5m on all 4 sides.