Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Urbicide Syria



postwar reconstruction


7-8 aprile 2016

Badoer, aula Tafuri

ore 9 > 18



Wesam Asali

Jacopo Galli

Alberto Ferlenga

Benno Albrecht

Carlo Magnani

Monica Centanni



The conference aims to develop strategies for the post-war reconstruction of Syria, expecting the peace and end the conflict. Only understanding the problems and imagining solutions during the war period it becomes possible to plan a future for a battered country. Iuav studies the urbicides, the deliberate destruction of cities, and aims to promote a new Venice Charter Of Reconstruction that will present in ten points the actions necessary for the sustainable revival of the destroyed city.


One of the topics of current interest in the field of civic engagement and operational architecture is how to deal with the consequences of urbicides, the deliberate violence to the cities, their destruction and erasure of memory. The war in recent years has been fought in urban settings and urbicide is a modern form of genocide where the civilians, and the city where they live, are the primary target of destruction by the fighting forces.


We must reflect on the consequences of urbicides, involving countries also distant from the epicentres of the suffering, that affect the reception ability of the survivors and refugees, their return to the country of origin and the possible reconstruction of the cities offended by the madness of mankind. It is necessary to think about possible strategies for implementation of refugee camps close to the areas affected by urbicides, for the reconstruction of destroyed cities and for the necessary preservation of memory expressed through stone.