Newly published article. Living on the move, dwelling between temporality and permanence in Syria
New Release: Informality. The book is a result of a workshop in Damascus that focused on contexts of scarcities and informalities. In this particular context, scarcity is not about materials and resources but about social representation.
اصدار جديد: عشوائيات, تصوير معماري
نشكر المؤتمر الرابع للمجلس العربي للعلوم الاجتماعية في بيروت على إتاحة المجال لنشارك أفكارنا عن الحرفة و التصميم في دراسة العشوائيات في دمشق بين مفهومي الدمج والتهميش.
We are very excited to have shared our thoughts about design, craft and informality in the annual conference of the Arab council for social science in Beirut.
IWlab worked with master artisans Salvador Gomis and Jesus Gomis on developing a vocational program for trainees in Santa Pola, Alicante, Spain. The work was done for the public agency: Service of Employment and Training in Valencia (SERVEF).
مسابقة تصوير معماري : موضوع المسابقة يستهدف المهتمين بالتصوير الفوتوغرافي الوثائقي و المعماري والاجتماعي التي تنظر لسمات ومشاهد البيئة المبنية في السكن العشوائي بأعينٍ مختلفة عن عامّة الناس وتمتلك حِسّاً ثقافياً مميزاً، تُبرِزُ خصوصية هذه البيئة السكنية. المزيد
Wesam is Joining Emergency Architecture and Human Right (EAHR) to build a school in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. EAHR's project (100 Classroom for Refugee in the Middle East) aims to provide good quality learning spaces for displaced children in the region. The schools to be build with earth tiles using vaulting technique. See and suppor the project
Wesam's Project In situ: Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecture won the Tile of Spain Award - student projects category.
Wesam Asali's work of traditional construction and technology was featured in the website of the Department of Architecture - University of Cambridge. The work was conducted as part of Wesam's Mphil at the department and was awarded the Morgan Sindall Prize Award for attention to the mode of construciton, selection of materials, the likely impact of the building on the environment, and its sustainability.
Architect Iyas Shahine depicts architectural changes taking place in Damascus. These changes are reflected in their true form by showing their effects. The project covers several existing and future real estate projects that supposedly aim at developing the city. However, we do not know whether this aim will be achieved. Read More
iw-lab establishes Urbegony: Architects without Borders - Syria, with students and architects in Damascus and other cities in Syria. Urbegony is a group of specialists interested and concerned with urbanization and architecture that observes spatial, urban, and architectural changes of the built and social environment. The importance of the observation comes from the need to document these rapid changes, learning from them, and switching from treating them with a reaction to treating them with pioneering responsible actions.
Wesam has been in Cambridge University for 10 days to work with the traditional architecture department in the school on his research project.
The project focuses on the rural areas in Syria and on the diversity of the typologies of the traditional rural houses. The traditional rural houses is a raw subject of a rich study; it has diverse prototypes, it still exists in many areas with many contemporary interventions and it lacks serious previous studies in literature. Therefore, studying vernacular rural architecture of Syria in now a need while studying how this architecture can contribute in the future understanding of post-war development is a need and a target in the same time.