theme of CORPUS and CORPUS Levant
is traditional architecture, common and living because
it is inhabited; essentially civil and domestic, and pre-industrial
by its constructive strategy.
It is a survey on the
effect of disruptions which, for half a century now, have been affecting
ways of renovating housing and constructing, as well as on the various
ways to preserve old buildings.
It is the constitution of knowledge tools
about building techniques, meant to provide those involved with a
It pinpoints human resources:
which men, women and bodies pass on skills, or could do so? What kind
of mobility and consulting could prove itself efficient on a given
It is an awareness raising campaign
for the decision-makers, the professionals and the general public
at large, toward the great values carried out by this traditional
architecture and the undermining dangers threatening it.
projects CORPUS and CORPUS Levant contribute to the preservation of
local traditional architecture: an undisputed heritage for its identity
value, an opportunity for sustainable development through the ancient
housing stock rehabilitation, a mine for cultural and professional qualifications
capable of renewing the intervening principles on its habitat.
The projects produce three types of tools:
through the extensive inventory of almost a thousand files on the
various architectural typologies and their transformation processes,
on the most significant sites, on the traditional building arts and
the skilled human resources related, and a thematic bibliography.
All the collected information is organised and compiled on this website
and on various CD-ROM attached to the publications.
for a better rehabilitation and maintenance, with a technical handbook,
notably containing sixty illustrated files providing practical solutions
to the most commonly found problems.
raising among decision makers, professionals and the general public
at large. The book “Traditional
Mediterranean Architecture” presents an integrated overview
of traditional architecture in the Mediterranean Basin, which should
be of great use to all for both knowledge and action. Two travelling
exhibitions on traditional architecture in Syria
are circulating throughout the territories.