Category: Syria

The instant unloved city

31 July, 2013 (12:09) | charity, Cities, development finance agencies, Housing, Infrastructure, Jordan, Syria, Urbanization, Zaatari | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   No one loves the world’s fastest growing city.  No one wants it to be where it is, and everyone wishes it did not exist.  But as reported in the Daily Mail Online (July 20, 2013), Zaatari exists, the world’s fastest growing city at least for the time being, and everyone’s willful […]

Month in Review February 2011

15 April, 2011 (10:52) | Admin, India, Month in review, Rental, Subprime, Syria, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: Jan 11.]   How quickly things can change: midway through February, I posted in two parts on Syria, praising the historic restoration efforts in old Aleppo, in Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 1, the past is ever with us, and Part 2, the future […]

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 2, the future becomes the present

11 February, 2011 (11:09) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban Renewal |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw in yesterday’s post, to create the future out of the past, a city’s infrastructure – including its grid layout and traffic patterns – have to be remade, all the while preserving the buildings that are its cultural heritage.    Crossroads of […]

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 1, the past is ever with us

10 February, 2011 (11:11) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Innovations, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban Renewal |

By: David A. Smith   Cities are urban palimpsests, each new culture laid atop the old, which lies buried in the ruble underneath – or, if the city is continuously inhabited, like Aleppo, still coexisting, the new and the old cheek by jowl.   How many centuries can you see in this picture?   That […]