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Somali Architecture Students Digitally Preserve Their Country's Heritage?Before It's Too Late

Since the start of civil war in 1991, the political and architectural landscapes of the East African country of Somalia have been unstable. While the country?s urban centers, such as the capital city Mogadishu, boast a diverse fabric of historic mosques, citadels, and monuments alongside modernist civic structures, the decades of conflict have resulted in the destruction of many important structures. And, while the fighting has substantially subsided in recent years, the future of the country's architectural heritage is still far from secure.

via Somali Architecture

Since the start of civil war in 1991, the political and architectural landscapes of the East African country of Somalia have been unstable. While the country?s urban centers, such as the capital city Mogadishu, boast a diverse fabric of historic mosques, citadels, and monuments alongside modernist civic structures, the decades of conflict have resulted in the destruction of many important structures. And, while the fighting has substantially subsided in recent years, the future of the country's architectural heritage is still far from secure.In response, Somali architecture students from across the UK, Italy, and the United States have banded together to form Somali Architecture, an ongoing research project archiving and digitally "rebuilding" iconic structures through 3D models. Their goal is ?to preserve the identity and authenticity? of Somalia through its architecture?both existing and destroyed. ?We want each iconic building of the past to be reinterpreted for a more coherent future,? they say.See below for a selection of the structures Somali Architecture has uncovered and re-constructed so far.National Assembly
National Assembly. Image via Somali Architecture

While Somalia has spent large stretches of time ungoverned since the 1991 collapse of President Mohammed Siad Barre?s regime, the country?s capital of Mogadishu once housed the modernist National Assembly complete with its sweeping entrance canopy reminiscent of Le Corbusier?s Chandigarh. While the three-volume structure, punctured with two courtyards, was originally built in 1972, the current Assembly still hosts partial governmental activities after a partial restoration in 2012. Old Parliament

The Old Parliament. Image via Somali Architecture

The Old Parliament building was constructed in the early 1970s in the early years of Siad Barre's socialist government when the country was closely allied with the Soviet Union. Designed in a triangular shape with a brick facade, only the framework of the 15-meter tower along with a few exterior walls remain today. Arba'a Rukun

Arba?a Rukun. Image via Somali Architecture

Erected in 1260, Arba?a Rukun?commonly knows as the Mosque of the Four Pillars?is one of the oldest and most central Mosques in Mogadishu. It was recently restored with the help of Turkey. Roman Catholic Cathedral

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