Marwa al-Sabouni

We can’t begin to say how delighted, how grateful, how honored we are to finally be able to present a program with author, thinker, architect, Marwa al-Sabouni. If all goes well (In sh’Allah), she will be joining us at this special hour,  virtually and ‘live’ from her home in Homs, Syria to discuss her extraordinary new book, Building for Hope: Towards an Architecture of Belonging (Thames & Hudson). Building for Hope comes five years after Marwa al-Sabouni’s first book, The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria, introduced the larger world to a writer uniquely adept at using words to convey ideas from books, book-study, life being fully lived (and wars survived) and from the physical spaces of buildings, streets, land-use patterns that do so much to shape how we live as individuals and as communities and countries.

“Ambitious... Building for Hope is expansive, abstract, and at times extraordinarily idealistic... Al-Sabouni argues that architecture is a necessary agent for any kind of peace, any possibility of belonging in our modern, extremely polarized world... It’s especially enlightening to read about Western cities through the lens of an architect specialized in Islamic traditions... Building for Hope is dense and daring. Readers will finish with a list of people and places to investigate, as well as with a firm belief that a better future lies in valuing community over ostentation, coherence and decency over luxury, truly livable cities over places designed purely for profit.” -

“A gifted writer and illustrator, al-Sabouni's visionary ideas will inspire architects, designers and urban planners across the world.” - Shahina Piyarali , Shelf Awareness.

Yes, the illustrations, that language, too. This is one not to be missed.

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Building for Hope Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500343722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thames & Hudson - April 13th, 2021

The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria Cover Image
By Marwa al-Sabouni, Roger Scruton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780500292938
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 19th, 2017

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00am
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