A NEW HOPE…"this is the title and the start point of our project. All the groups had to deal with a specific zone of Al-Mezzeh, a district of Damascus. My group was composed by 8 guys, and we had an argue mission…Darayya, that means “home”, is the most damaged site of Damascus, immediately below the Military Airport of Al- Mezzeh. The north part of the city was bombed in 2012, in order to create a no man’s zone near the military zone..TABULA RASA. The south part was evacuated by the inhabitants cause of the heavy bombardments. This situation ends with the spontaneous creation of a buffer zone, full of unexploded bombs, ruins and toxins, and a ghost town, abandoned as it was and is the same still today. Our goal is to relive this ghost town, thinking about the things a young refugee wants to find in his/her new city, starting always from the symbol of HOME, and spreading like a brain storming, and how could we reuse this buffer zone, that will become a vaste piece of nature but untouchable for the next 10-15 years. It’s a “never-finished” project : people will come back, and start to rebuilt not only buildings, but a whole community, full of HOPE."
"I would never have thought that this workshop experience would be so useful, in all its different faces, human and architectural. I learned a lot but is never enough, so i decided to ask Don Murphy, the director of VMX studio, if it is possible to join the studio for a stage. What is the most important thing i take from this workshop ? See that behind this job there is not only the design part, but most of all there is a deep research of What, Why, Who and How to really understand the meaning of the project."