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.

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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

Acknowledgements

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

Hellenistic Planning 

Roman Planning 

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 

Typological Features 

 

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 

 

Conclusion 

References 

List of Figures

Notes

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