Retaining the spirit of place in post-conflict communities: lessons from Iraq and Libya
What does the future hold for Middle East’s and North Africa’s historic towns and cities? Conflict over the last 20 years, and particularly following the 2011 uprisings, has done huge harm to some towns. At the same time, others that are being ‘modernised’ are at risk of making similar errors to those made in Europe and North America in the twentieth century.
Is another, better future possible? One in which historic places can act as a bridge from the past to the future, from old cultural memories to new ones? How can the regions’ historic towns and cities evolve and provide their residents with humane, connected, culturally-enriched and sustainable lives?
John Darlington, World Monuments Fund Britain, Executive Director
Nada Elfeituri, Libyan Architect and Fellow of Create Streets
Dr Shireen Y. Ismael, Professor at the University of Duhok, Kurdistan.
Chair: Laura Jones, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cultural Heritage Preservation Lead.
Includes a private video tour of beautiful hilltop town of Amedi in Iraq, lead by Saman Fakhradin Abdulkareem from WMF.
5pm to 6pm