Romieri Vittorio: "May Experience with VMX Architects"
"From 26 June until 14 July 2017 , students both from IUAV university and the rest of the world had the opportunity to approach with an interesting and difficult thematic , THE RECONSTRUCTION OF SYRIA. 25 groups , more or less 1400 students and 100 architects and a common goal : try to find the best way to valorize the damaged Syrian ground , to give the refugees a “second life”. Someone worked on the symbols , other on the cities and on the self personification in a refugee. Exactly from this theme starts the VMX’s project of reconstruction of Damascus : Don Murphy asked us to personify ourself in a Syrian refugee and try to think what will be useful to escape and survive against the death. What or who would we bring with us if we have to leave immediately our houses ? And from what would we restart if we come back to Syria ? Everyone of the 70 people of this groups has different and common answers ( my iPhone, my cigars, my headphones, my money, my memory box and so on…) but they changed with the passing of the three weeks, as we had the time to do some researches and most of all to talk with two Syrian girls, telling us their experience both in Syria and abroad. All useful things not only for the project, but also to understand a different reality of our time."
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."