"Yesterday was a full day of presentations of our site Mezzeh, a neighborhood of Damascus. Syrian tutors shared their detailed knowledge and students presented the research they did on specific areas within Mezzeh. It became clear to us that Mezzeh is not an area which is severely damaged physically. People are not leaving, but coming to the neighborhood, as a safe-haven. How can we cope with this phenomenon while thinking of (re)building community?
And what are other (maybe less obvious or visual) influences of the conflict that Mezzeh and the communities that live there have to take into account? Short and long-term influences. That is what the students will study today, every group for its own specific fragment."