Archinect - News 2016-04-29T15:48:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T12:52:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T12:52:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1gynqxbucbu2ph1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Squalid, chaotic, overwhelmed: Piraeus is the first port of call for the thousands now trapped in the capital, on the frontline of Europe&rsquo;s refugee crisis. Since the closure of Greece&rsquo;s northern border and with it the Balkan migrant trail &ndash; a move that has resulted in more than 46,000 stranded on the Greek mainland &ndash; it has been emblematic of the country&rsquo;s inability to cope with a situation few had envisaged.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In passenger terminals never built to deal with a humanitarian crisis, facilities have been rudimentary, tensions high, and resources vastly overstretched."</em></p><p>The article notes that the growing refugee population is putting pressure on Athenian society, which was already tense as the country continues to struggles under crippling austerity measures imposed by the European Union. Far-right movements, like the Golden Dawn, are gaining popularity.</p><p>Meanwhile, a plan sponsored by the UN Refugee Agency proposes to house up to 20,000 refugees in private apartments around the capital.</p><p>For more on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940715/germany-announces-new-integration-measures-for-migrants-and-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany announces new integration measures for migrants and refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148285398/nobody-thinks-about-the-safety-of-these-women-the-harrowing-experiences-of-female-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square Ellen Hancock 2016-04-20T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T13:23:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04fe0518572f4ffa6ba19ba78fd2b53f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A monumental recreation of the destroyed Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, has been unveiled in London&rsquo;s Trafalgar Square. The 1,800-year-old arch was destroyed by Islamic State militants last October and the 6-metre (20ft) model, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, is intended as an act of defiance: to show that restoration of the ancient site is possible if the will is there.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the relating topics in this article check out these links:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147345876/before-after-photos-of-syria-s-devastated-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370049/london-s-v-a-to-host-a-robot-construction-team-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's V&amp;A to host a robot construction team this summer</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/us/us29olgfjinab11z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940715/germany-announces-new-integration-measures-for-migrants-and-refugees Germany announces new integration measures for migrants and refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T13:08:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56hiwoh7iq98an3h.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germany has announced new legal measures requiring migrants and refugees to integrate into society in return for being allowed to live and work in the country. Under the coalition government&rsquo;s measures, announced on Thursday morning, asylum seekers face cuts to support if they reject mandatory integration measures such as language classes or lessons in German laws or cultural basics.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"According to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the aim of Germany&rsquo;s first ever integration law is to make it easier for asylum seekers to gain access to the German labour market, with the government promising 100,000 new 'working opportunities', expected to include low-paid workfare jobs."</em></p><p>For more on the refugee crisis currently engulfing Europe and the Middle East, take a look at these past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148285398/nobody-thinks-about-the-safety-of-these-women-the-harrowing-experiences-of-female-refugees" target="_blank">"Nobody thinks about the safety of these women": the harrowing experiences of female refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction Alexander Walter 2016-03-28T19:15:00-04:00 >2016-03-29T10:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a5y9wygveqsj1gau.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Two-Way reported on Sunday, the Syrian government says its forces have retaken the desert city of Palmyra, in the center of Syria. The self-declared Islamic State seized the city in May of last year &mdash; and soon unleashed a wave of destruction on its defenders, inhabitants and archaeological treasures.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138261747/isis-militants-have-reportedly-blown-up-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147345876/before-after-photos-of-syria-s-devastated-heritage Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:09:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzkgiol86zet93ck.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Across Syria, where a seemingly unstoppable war is about to enter a third year, a heritage built over 5,000 years or more is being steadily buried under rubble.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x6/x67fg4g867ht1d5u.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yw/ywieqhzfa9hxo25v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bnpbtb0upgmua1be.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g8/g8s47tsoo7lmuh6a.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140958669/the-new-monument-men-with-3d-cameras-and-gps-data-against-cultural-annihilation-in-syria-and-beyond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new Monument Men: with 3D cameras and GPS data against cultural annihilation in Syria and beyond</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145267758/to-preserve-cultural-memory-these-syrian-refugees-recreate-lost-monuments-in-miniature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To preserve cultural memory, these Syrian refugees recreate lost monuments in miniature</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T13:04:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T11:26:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7n4c8rj33rdrzr8.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sweden intends to expel as many as 80,000 refugees and migrants who arrived in 2015 and whose applications for asylum have been rejected. [...] Sweden, which is home to 9.8 million people, is one of the European Union countries that has taken in the largest number of refugees in relation to its population. Sweden received more than 160,000 asylum seekers last year, and about 55 of those are expected to be given asylum.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The planned mass expulsion was announced as Europe struggles to deal with a crisis that has seen tens-of-thousands of refugees arrive on Greek beaches with the passengers - mostly fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan - undeterred by cold, wintry conditions and deadly seas."</em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145267758/to-preserve-cultural-memory-these-syrian-refugees-recreate-lost-monuments-in-miniature To preserve cultural memory, these Syrian refugees recreate lost monuments in miniature Alexander Walter 2016-01-08T13:38:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:10:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ulau559jmlpxbw4t.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of six amateur artists living in the heart of Jordan&rsquo;s Za&rsquo;atari refugee camp, host to nearly 80,000 Syrians, has worked together to recreate famous landmarks, which once stood proudly in the western Asian country, in dedication to its long and rich history. [...] &ldquo;There are lots of kids living here who have never seen Syria or who have no memory of it. They know more about Jordan than about their own country.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140958669/the-new-monument-men-with-3d-cameras-and-gps-data-against-cultural-annihilation-in-syria-and-beyond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new Monument Men: with 3D cameras and GPS data against cultural annihilation in Syria and beyond</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144582510/3d-printing-will-recreate-destroyed-palmyra-arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138261747/isis-militants-have-reportedly-blown-up-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media Alexander Walter 2015-12-30T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-30T16:00:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvzw3cdyh3in42ue.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is visiting Lesbos to document the plight of thousands of refugees who arrive daily on the Greek island by boat from Turkey. For the past two days, Ai has been photographing orange rubber dinghies coming into shore, families huddled around fires, people queuing to register at the Moria refugee camp and piles of discarded lifejackets, among other scenes [...] It is understood Ai will be creating a work in response to the refugee crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are just a few of Ai Weiwei's recent photos from the Lesbos refugee camp; giving a human face to people and entire families escaping war and persecution in their home countries of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, as well as documenting humanitarian workers, such as the Norwegian group, Drop in the Ocean.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/el/el78wcyqp3ejhk45.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wm/wmls8ufi41bo1z3j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jnjbxwkzpwu33f31.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkgb37b9egqnxsl9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xr/xrri380fstu7ysxa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k0/k0qqho7nwg4r7fgz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eq/eqkijuexjvfpm1qc.jpg"></p><p>All photos by Ai Weiwei via&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/aiww/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@aiww</a>&nbsp;on Instagram.</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140958669/the-new-monument-men-with-3d-cameras-and-gps-data-against-cultural-annihilation-in-syria-and-beyond The new Monument Men: with 3D cameras and GPS data against cultural annihilation in Syria and beyond Alexander Walter 2015-11-12T19:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:40:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z8/z8kwvv96bsb6l562.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s why a team from the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) is turning to the next best option&mdash;using technology to protect cultural heritage. Founded in 2012 by Roger Michel, IDA is a joint effort between Harvard University and Oxford University to create an open-source database of high-resolution images and three-dimensional graphics of things like paper and papyrus documents, epigraphs and small artifacts. Work on what IDA has named the Million Image Database began in early 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/95/95ryi215hh3z9hu6.jpg"></p><p>The photo shows the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baal Shamin temple</a> prior to its destruction. Volunteers of the&nbsp;Institute for Digital Archaeology were able to digitally archive the 2,000-year-old&nbsp;structure for the&nbsp;<a href="http://digitalarchaeology.org.uk/new-page/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Million Image Database</a> project just in time before <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS fighters seized control</a> of Palmyra's historic site.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138261747/isis-militants-have-reportedly-blown-up-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103117907/pbs-premiere-of-time-scanners-brings-3d-digital-preservation-technology-to-a-wider-audience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS' premiere of "Time Scanners" brings 3D digital preservation technology to a wider audience</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-30T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-30T13:08:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65mwglq4u53ilt4g.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rows of white tents in an otherwise sparse landscape are often featured in the media, but the reality is that 80% of Syrian refugees have sought refuge outside of camps, and the majority of these are living in urban areas &ndash; whether in &ldquo;informal tented settlements&rdquo;, rented rooms, or half-finished buildings. [...] While the majority of Syrian refugees are not in camps, the bulk of humanitarian resources are channelled towards maintaining camps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the Syrian refugee crisis:</p><ul><li><a title='The "suffocating" life in a Syrian refugee tent' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115039931/the-suffocating-life-in-a-syrian-refugee-tent" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "suffocating" life in a Syrian refugee tent</a></li><li><a title="What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li><li><a title="Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a DIY City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103628490/refugee-camp-for-syrians-in-jordan-evolves-as-a-diy-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a DIY City</a></li><li><a title="How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446416/how-to-build-a-perfect-refugee-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138261747/isis-militants-have-reportedly-blown-up-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph Alexander Walter 2015-10-05T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-10-06T09:04:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/okkg618vydx6hi8k.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants in northern Syria have blown up another monument in the ancient city of Palmyra, officials and local sources say. The Arch of Triumph was "pulverised" by the militants who control the city, a Palmyra activist told AFP news agency. It is thought to have been built about 2,000 years ago. IS fighters have already destroyed two ancient temples at the site, described by Unesco as one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135569973/isis-attacks-second-ancient-palmyra-temple-this-month" target="_blank">ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees" Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T18:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T22:36:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83ba14bcc43e045470b5f7ae933e1918.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A German group which matchmakes citizens willing to share their homes with refugees said it had been overwhelmed by offers of support, with plans in the works for similar schemes in other European countries. The Berlin-based Refugees Welcome, which has been described as an &ldquo;Airbnb for refugees&rdquo;, has helped people fleeing from Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria. More than 780 Germans have signed up to the Refugees Welcome website...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/135569973/isis-attacks-second-ancient-palmyra-temple-this-month ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T13:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/truwemi19z018aup.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel. [...] It is the second temple that Islamic State has attacked in Palmyra this month. On 25 August, the group detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple, an act that the cultural agency Unesco has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria&rsquo;s diverse cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T14:01:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/votjmjd9naqyjmf8.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the Unesco-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country&rsquo;s antiquities chief has said. [...] Baal Shamin was built in 17AD and it was expanded under the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian in 130AD. Known as the Pearl of the Desert, Palmyra, which means City of Palms, is a well-preserved oasis 130 miles north-east of Damascus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reports of the destruction of the Unesco-listed Baalshamin&nbsp;temple surfaced only days after the news broke that ISIS militants had <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beheaded&nbsp;Khaled Al-Asaad</a>, a leading Syrian&nbsp;archaeologist and unrivaled Palmyra expert.</p><p>Meanwhile destruction in the name of so called "cultural cleansing" is also being reported from other parts of Syria, where ISIS is believed to <a href="http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/158699/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have bulldozed the&nbsp;1,500-year-old&nbsp;Catholic monastery of Mar Elian</a> near the town of Qaryatain. The church had housed frescoes that may date back to the sixth century &mdash;&nbsp;likely the oldest Christian paintings in Syria.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T13:44:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:38:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a01ef12d0f1b4970ebcfeb2cf1437814.jpg" width="249" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Isil militants have beheaded one of Syria&rsquo;s most respected archaeologists and an expert on the ancient Roman city of Palmyra. Khaled Al-Asaad, who was director of antiquities at the Unesco World Heritage Site from 1963 to 2003, was murdered on 18 August and his body tied to an ancient column within the 2,000-year-old archaeological site. According to Abdulkarim, Al-Asaad was [...] killed for refusing to help Isil find antiquities that were hidden before the invasion of Palmyra.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues Alexander Walter 2015-05-27T12:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T13:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1c84b7b6d3998395115f296ae3b912e.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an apparent video message, ISIS forces occupying the ancient city of Palmyra and its environs have stated that they do not intend to bulldoze its architecture, but plan to &ldquo;pulverize&rdquo; unspecified statues that they believe have been worshipped by &ldquo;heretics&rdquo; in the past. [...] The veracity of the message cannot be independently confirmed, but it has been assumed to be authentic by specialists on the subject, including the journalist Hassan Hassan, co-author of &ldquo;ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li></ul><p>Meanwhile in Palmyra:&nbsp;<a href="http://aranews.net/2015/05/isis-executes-more-than-300-civilians-in-syrias-palmyra/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS executes more than 300 civilians in Syria&rsquo;s Palmyra</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T18:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh71qgcn94e5zym3.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants swept into the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday, and by evening were in control of it [...]. Palmyra has extra resonance, with its grand complex of 2,000-year-old colonnades and tombs, one of the world&rsquo;s most magnificent remnants of antiquity [...] that has raised fears both locally and internationally that Palmyra, a United Nations world heritage site, could also suffer irrevocable damage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T18:02:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izidl28189yxfcsq.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ruins of an ancient city that have withstood centuries of conflict in the Syrian desert are now facing their greatest threat yet: the militants of the Islamic State. Activists, officials and citizens of the city say ISIS has launched a prolonged assault on Palmyra, an "oasis in the desert" north of Damascus that the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO says contains the "monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world."</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/464321/isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122455791/a-syrian-atlas-of-ruins A Syrian Atlas, of Ruins Nam Henderson 2015-03-09T00:17:00-04:00 >2015-03-09T13:22:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h0vi4ybzeqlrgh6b.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Syria&rsquo;s largest city was home to more than two million people before the war. Now most of its residents have left, and the city is divided between pro-government forces and rebels</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sergio Pe&ccedil;anha and Jeremy White reveal&nbsp;satellite image analysis by Unitar-Unosat, showing vast devastation in 4 cities across Syria from the civil war that started nearly four years ago.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119437423/monuments-men-u-s-army-struggles-to-recruit-enough-heritage-specialists-for-conflict-areas Monuments Men: U.S. Army struggles to recruit enough heritage specialists for conflict areas Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T16:53:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d31aaf863c51a949f8b7de87650c8894.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US Army is looking to recruit the next generation of &ldquo;Monuments Men and Women&rdquo; to help preserve sites and cultural property in combat zones and to advise troops on heritage. [...] It is turning to museum directors, archaeologists and preservationists to fill these posts. [...] With extremist groups such as Islamic State using the destruction of cultural heritage as a tool of war, such expertise is needed more than ever.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112716031/antiquities-lost-casualties-of-war Antiquities Lost, Casualties of War Nam Henderson 2014-11-02T12:04:00-05:00 >2014-11-03T13:18:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b1q2elhyh5lx3cx.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of the damage could be repaired, he said. Still, &ldquo;it won&rsquo;t be the same,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Once you have blown down a building, it is blown down.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Graham Bowley draws attention to the&nbsp;list of cultural treasures in&nbsp;<a title="More news and information about Syria." href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/syria/index.html?inline=nyt-geo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syria</a>&nbsp;and northern Iraq, that have been; destroyed, damaged or looted, as a result of&nbsp;three years of war.</p><p>&nbsp;For more information, see previous coverage <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104708117/us-museums-provide-emergency-support-for-syria" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81209553/heritage-and-the-syrian-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T00:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbjcjlk5dt7lcgrf.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the Syrian civil war, there are now 3 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries &mdash; an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The record figure was 1 million refugees more than a year ago, and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the Islamic State rampages through Syria and Iraq, thousands are being displaced to add to the growing refugee population created by a civil war against Bashar al-Assad. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Islamic State actively uses infrastructure, specifically hydoinfrastructure, as a militaristic tactic exacerbating conditions for these displaced people.</a>&nbsp; Many architects have developed projects specifically oriented to the global refugee crisis, of which Syria is part. In a past <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>, I asserted that this is not just a general ethical imperative, but also specific to architecture. The problems of a refugee camp or urban enclave are often architectural issues that require design solutions. Additionally, architecture can be considered complicit in the forces generating the crisis as millions are displaced because of climate changes, which architecture contributes to significantly.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria's History Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T15:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:19:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/so/sow8ub4xq7m33s76.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the civil war in Syria has killed tens of thousands of people, it has also destroyed countless of the country's ancient treasures. Now a number of Syrians are trying to save what artifacts they can -- and are risking their lives to do so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/263868/syrian-conflict" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708117/us-museums-provide-emergency-support-for-syria US museums provide emergency support for Syria Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:19:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f0802ba47b7c1650f43d989271f2a8d.jpg" width="484" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government&rsquo;s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country&rsquo;s ongoing civil war. Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum&rsquo;s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103628490/refugee-camp-for-syrians-in-jordan-evolves-as-a-diy-city Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a DIY City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-07T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:04:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/503169a89595d045131f846d0e06d70b.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaatari is becoming an informal city: a sudden, do-it-yourself metropolis of roughly 85,000 with the emergence of neighborhoods, gentrification, a growing economy and, under the circumstances, something approaching normalcy, though every refugee longs to return home. [...] The change, accelerated by regional chaos and enterprising Syrians, illustrates a basic civilizing push toward urbanization that clearly happens even in desperate places.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446416/how-to-build-a-perfect-refugee-camp How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp Alexander Walter 2014-02-13T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:17:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9555d93d49058de5e736d47308be851.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of the world&rsquo;s displaced live in conditions striking for their wretchedness, but what is startling about Kilis is how little it resembles the refugee camp of our imagination. It is orderly, incongruously so. Residents scan a card with their fingerprints for entry [...]. Inside, it&rsquo;s stark: 2,053 identical containers spread out in neat rows. No tents. None of the smells &mdash; rotting garbage, raw sewage &mdash; usually associated with human crush and lack of infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81209553/heritage-and-the-syrian-crisis Heritage and the Syrian crisis Alexander Walter 2013-09-06T13:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T12:19:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c27cbf3f3f4968a5ca7cea3d78028696.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Protecting heritage is inseparable from protecting populations, because heritage enshrines a people&rsquo;s values and identities,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Serious damage has already been inflicted on Syria&rsquo;s heritage. The destruction of sites such as the historic souk [market] in Aleppo has made headlines around the world. I urge all parties to take all necessary precautions to stop the destruction of Syria&rsquo;s cultural heritage.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71979022/aleppo-landmark-mosque-a-unesco-world-heritage-site-has-been-destroyed" target="_blank">Aleppo landmark Mosque, a Unesco world heritage site, has been destroyed</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71979022/aleppo-landmark-mosque-a-unesco-world-heritage-site-has-been-destroyed Aleppo landmark Mosque, a Unesco world heritage site, has been destroyed Nam Henderson 2013-04-26T12:48:00-04:00 >2013-04-30T10:32:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7d3w89nlivpgsz09.jpg" width="464" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mosque, which is a Unesco world heritage site, has been in rebel hands since earlier this year but the area around it is still contested.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Both the state news agency and footage uploaded on YouTube show the 'disappearance' of Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque. The mosque is a Unesco world heritage site but has been at the heart of bitter fighting for several months as rebels try to oust President Bashar al-Assad. In photos published by AP on&nbsp; April 16th&nbsp; it was battered but still standing.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70226850/12-architecture-students-killed-in-syrian-mortar-attact 12 Architecture Students Killed in Syrian Mortar Attact Orhan Ayyüce 2013-03-28T13:17:00-04:00 >2013-04-04T16:18:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eg/egj6er6gdfte17eb.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At least 15 Syrian students were killed on Thursday when rebel mortar bombs landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture, state-run media reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mortar shells landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture killed at least 15 students and wounded 30 others on Thursday, state television reported, blaming rebels who have stepped up attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59843310/danish-architect-maps-every-plane-helicopter-shot-down-by-syrian-rebels Danish Architect Maps Every Plane, Helicopter Shot Down by Syrian Rebels Archinect 2012-10-22T17:29:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:29:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm6kvp6t3nsm0rz9.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>a Danish architect and part-time aviation journalist is mapping each claimed shoot-down of Assad&rsquo;s jets and helicopters, resulting in the first running tabulation of the cost &mdash; at least in terms of machinery &mdash; of the escalating Syrian air war. Bj&oslash;rn Holst Jespersen&rsquo;s map, sponsored by journalist David Cenciotti&rsquo;s blog The Aviationist, marks 19 possible &ldquo;kills&rdquo; by rebel forces, as reported in the press or seen in YouTube videos.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>