cultural emergency in conflict and disaster
cultural emergency in conflict and disaster cultural emergency in conflict and disaster
dec 22, 2011

cultural emergency in conflict and disaster

‘cultural emergency in conflict and disaster’ NAi uitgevers publishers (2011) cover by irma boom all shown photographs for the publication provided by the aga khan trust for culture in afghanistan  all images © designboom

editors: berma klein goldewijk, georg frerks and els van der plas
publisher: NAi uitgervers publishers in association with the prince claus fund for culture development 
language: english
year: 2011
size: 7"x9"
isbn: 978-90-5662-817-8


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saving cultural heritage goes beyond safeguarding our past and protecting what is magnificent, impressive and beautiful.  rescuing cultural heritage is also an integral part of humanitarian aid, given the importance of rebuilding the social and cultural identityof the community, in which the mosque, the synagogue, the church, monuments or other key buildings play a central role.   – H R H prince constantijn of the netherlands (honorary chairman of the prince claus fun, amsterdam, the netherlands)


editors berma klein goldewijk, georg frerks and els van der plas have put together ‘cultural emergency in conflict and disaster’,
a handbook for cultural emergency relief with the prince claus fund for culture and development. the publication includes photo essays
documenting the devastation and, if existing, the reconstruction of important social and architectural landmarks. events such as the aftermath
of the indian ocean tsunami in 2004, the efforts following the fall of saddam hussein in april 2003, and the earthquake that struck
haiti in 2010 are recorded. 
the book outlines legal questions, political dimension and sociocultural perspectives involved with the process of first aid through
case studies and documented research. at the same time, the accounts argue the importance of rebuilding and reconstructing societies
alongside providing basic human needs. 
the design of the book was done by dutch graphic designer irma boom. it features a scratch cover, allowing the reader to chip away
at the gray to reveal an image beneath. 
is it for me?
this book contains potent information about the economic and cultural ramifications of worldwide disasters and the efforts taken
to preserve the artifacts. it argues for the importance of rebuilding the architectural landmarks, which have not just historical
importance, but provide the foundation for society and civilization. 

‘the stabilization the hafezji mosque and the aw synagogue in herat, afghanistan, 2007’  pages 146-147 yu aw synagogue prior to restoration  pages 148-149

yu aw synagogue prior to restoration  pages 150-151

interior of yu aw synagogue after stabilization  pages 152-153

hafezji mosque prior to reconstruction  pages 154-155

hafezji mosque after restoration  pages 156-157

children studying at the restored hafezji mosque  pages 158-159

book design by irma boom cover scratched image (inset) courtesy of the prince claus fund


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