‘Everyone in Syria has lived his war. Every day people have fought for their lives, every day has brought a bid for survival, but it is not only bodies that suffer; souls, too, go through these battles, dying a thousand times in anticipation, only to rise up wearily to face another day.’
So begins the eyewitness account of Marwa al-Sabouni, a young architect based in war-torn Homs, on Syria’s bitter conflict. Seen through the revealing lens of architecture and depicted with clarity, conviction and deep intelligence, she shares her personal experience of how the built environment directly affects the community that inhabits it, how the stage for civil war has long been set in her country, and how architecture might play a role in reversing the damage.
The Battle for Home reveals uncomfortable truths and asks important questions, but ultimately offers hope for rebuilding both a proud country and a much-needed sense of identity.
'A visionary memoir. . . extraordinary'
'An understated gem of a book . . . gripping'
'An angry and personal memoir'
'Incisive … speaks with that particular mix of solicitude and sharp criticism born of true belonging married to broadness of perspective'
Art Review Asia
'It is safe to say that you will find this extraordinary work remarkably unlike any other recent architectural publication … inspirational and decidedly humbling'