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Ayham Dalal 
From Shelters to Dwellings 
The Zaatari Refugee Camp

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In Zaatari camp, Jordan, thousands of Syrian refugees were sheltered in tents and caravans, which they steadily appropriated and turned into dwellings. In this book, Ayham Dalal takes a closer look at this remarkable transformation – a process that involved the dismantling and reassembling of the camp. This transformation is challenging its humanitarian order and disciplinary machine, while allowing refugees to construct dwellings that responded to their social and cultural needs. Caravans were turned into architectural elements and financial assets, and materials were negotiated in relation to prevailing politics and time. These practices not only humanized the shelter and the camp but also underlined the importance of a »right to appropriation« in a world where bottom-up practices of »habiting« are being increasingly repressed by the top-down production of »habitats«.
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About the author

Ayham Dalal is an architect, urban planner and artist born and raised in Syria. He holds a PhD in architecture from Technische Universität Berlin and is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the urban studies program at Vassar College in the USA. Between 2018 and 2021, Ayham was part of the CRC1265 »Re-Figurations of Space« at TU Berlin, and a research associate at Ifpo Amman (2017-2021). His research focuses on displacement, mobility, culture, identity and their impact on urban space.
Language English ● Format PDF ● Pages 300 ● ISBN 9783839458389 ● Publisher transcript Verlag ● City Bielefeld ● Country DE ● Published 2022 ● Edition 1 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 7785111 ● Copy protection Social DRM

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