The Battle for Home
Sixty years on from the mass migration wrought by World War Two, it seems as if Peter Berger's statement that “homelessness is the condition of modernity” is coming true. With millions of people escaping war, famine and environmental catastrophe across the world, can everyone find a home? Is it possible for us to shift our thinking so that we live in the homes that we need as we progress through our lives? What if home ownership were not the norm? How does home and the way in which we shelter affect how we act in our public and political lives? Join economist Dan O'Brien, architect and environmentalist Darran Anderson and Syrian architect and writer Marwa Al Sabouni for this thought-provoking discussion chaired by Professor Siobhán Garrigan, Loyola Chair of Theology at T.C.D.
Marwa Al-Sabouni was born in 1981. She has holds a PhD in architecture. She has written several architectural articles which were published at RIBAJ, Architectural Review, Wall Street International Magazine and other outlets and some of them were translated into German and French. She is the author of The Battle for Home published internationally in April 2016 by T&H. This work has been widely covered by the mass media including cover story in the Guardian, Financial Times, The Times, The Huffington Post, New York Times, BBC Radio(s) several flagship programs, CNN, and many other in UK, AU, USA, and Europe. It was reviewed in TLS, Fraser Institute, Open Democracy, LA Book Review, The Christian Science Monitor and many others. The book was selected by the Guardian as one of the best architectural books in 2016. She has been invited and participated in UN organized conferences and workshops regarding the post-war situations in Syria in Berlin, Beirut, Basel, and Geneva. Also participated via Skype in conferences for the Policy Exchange and Architecture Foundation in London, SIX in Colombia, and Cultural Innovation Day in Matera/Italy. She has done a TED Talk shown at TED Summit 2016 which has been viewed online more than 900K since its release. She had co-run an architectural studio in the pre-war period in Homs. Al-Sabouni has won first place on National level in the UN-Habitat Competition for rehabilitation of mass housing for her design proposal for rebuilding Baba Amr/Homs/Syria in 2014. She runs with her partner the portal of Arabic Gate for Architectural News www.arch-news.net the world's first and only website dedicated to architectural news in Arabic and the winner of Royal Kuwaiti award for best media project in the Arab World 2010. She teaches architectural design in a private university in Hama/Syria.
Darran Anderson is an Irish writer residing in Scotland. He has written for a host of publications on the intersections of urbanism, culture, technology and politics. He has lectured for the British Council at the Venice Architecture Biennale and has given talks for the London School of Economics, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Festival of Architecture, the Robin Boyd Foundation and other groups.
Dan O'Brien is Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Ireland's leading foreign affairs think tank. He is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin and a columnist and economics analyst for Ireland's largest media organisation, Independent Newspaper Group.
Siobhán Garrigan is Loyola Chair of Theology | Head of School - Religions, Peace Studies and Theology at TCD. Prior to TCD, she worked at the University of Exeter, Yale University, the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the Open University (Belfast). She teaches by looking at issues of social justice, using the insights of ritual studies, philosophical theology and systematic theology to respond. By looking at theology's role in social and political difficulty, her research aims to highlight the many ways theology can also foster dialogue across the boundaries of difference, particularly regarding ecumenism, poverty and matters of identity, such as gender and racial discrimination.