The Cultural Meaning of Aleppo (Book)
A Landscape Recovery for the Ancient City
This book is not a mere documentation of the cultural landscape of the ancient city of Aleppo. The Cultural Meaning of Aleppo: A Landscape Recovery for the Ancient City is a theoretical and practical handbook for architects, urban planners and restorers alike.
Through a capillary documentation of the palimpsest of Aleppo – of the peculiar characteristics of its courtyard houses and the neighbourhoods of Bayyada, Bab Quinnesrin and al-Farafra – The Cultural Meaning of Aleppo: A Landscape Recovery for the Ancient City is a theoretical and practical handbook for architects, urban planners and restorers alike. Through this analytical discussion of the city’s urban fabric, Giulia Annalinda Neglia introduces the concept of the cultural urban landscape acting as a 'cohesive territorial organism', nourished by different cultures, in which contrasting scales of land, city and neighbourhood are interconnected in a fractal state. With a focus on retaining the uniqueness and diversity of this residential typology, which bore witness to the rich cultural history of Syria and the Middle East as a whole, Neglia maps a future reconstruction that focuses on cultural continuity, tradition and the reestablishment of a crucial social memory.
Giulia Annalinda Neglia is assistant professor in landscape architecture at the Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy).
Forewords by Nada al Hassan, Attilio Petruccioli and Sakhar Olabi
Introduction: Why Aleppo is Important: Framework and War Scenario
Chapter I: The Cultural Significance of Aleppo’s Forma Urbis: An Overview of Layers and Ideas of Urban Conformation
Natura Naturalis and Natura Artificialis: The Plateau and the Tells
The Medieval Byzantine City
The Medieval Islamic City
The Specialized Mamluk and Ottoman City
The Gutted and Transformed Modern City
Chapter II: The Cultural Significance of Aleppo’s Courtyard House: A Mirror of Middle Eastern Cultural History
The Courtyard House Layout
The Basic Elements of the House: Multi-purpose and Special Rooms
The Inner Garden
Chapter III: The Cultural Significance of the Reconstruction: Urban Recovery against Amnesia
Framework for Reconstruction and Recovery
Terms for Urban Recovery
Reconstruction: Consciousness or Amnesia?
Memory, Culture and Identity: Challenges for a Culture-Oriented Recovery
Recommendations and Strategies for a Culture-Oriented Urban Recovery
List of Figures