Aboasfour / Identifying Informal Settlements in Post-War Aleppo and Possible Applied Solutions

Identifying Informal Settlements in Post-War Aleppo and Possible Applied Solutions

Author: Yara Aboasfour

Supervisor: Edite Rosa

Research stage: initial doctoral stage (1st Year)

Category: Extended abstract

Affiliation: Universidade Lusófona do Porto and Universidade de Coimbra

Abstract

The areas of informal Settlements have served as a separation wall between the different parts of Aleppo, these areas suffered not only from poor planning and construction, lack of public and green spaces but also from poor services, which poses a grave danger to citizens’ health and to the inhabitants of the nearby neighborhoods.

During the Syrian war, most of the destruction was concentrated in the Informal areas, which formed an incubator environment for the conflict and a major battleground due to their appropriate characteristics at various levels.

In the reconstruction phase, paying further attention to the development of slums and their integration with the rest of the city should remain the most important goal in the treatment process. Therefore, this study offers guidance on how to prepare for a housing reconstruction intervention; describes the various approaches available, and aims to integrate their reconstruction into the wider recovery context.

Keywords: Aleppo, Reconstruction, Informal settlements