The Internationalist A daring plan to rebuild Syria — no matter who wins the war With the battle still ongoing, a huge team of Syrian planners plots the restoration of Aleppo and beyond ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Across Syria, more than one-third of the population is displaced. Wikicommons Aleppo is Syria’s economic engine and home of its most prized heritage sites, and was largely spared during the first year of the Syrian war. Shaam News Network via Associated Press Fighting engulfed Aleppo in 2012 and has never let up since, making the city a symbol of the civil war’s grinding destruction. Pictured: Fire raged at the souk. JALAL AL-MAMO/Reuters A team of Syrians is working to develop plans for rebuilding the city, regardless of who wins the war. Pictured: Boys sat near destroyed buildings in Aleppo. Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images/file Critics dismiss the ongoing planning effort as a premature boondoggle, keeping technocrats busy creating blueprints that will have to be revised when fighting finally ebbs. Pictured: The damage to the souk in 2012. Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters Across Syria, more than one-third of the population is displaced. Aleppo is in tatters, its center completely destroyed. The population exodus has claimed most of the city’s craftsmen, medical personnel, academics, and industrialists. HOSAM KATAN/Reuters But after horrifying conflict, countless places have found a way to return to functionality. What’s new in Syria is the attempt to come up with a neutral plan while the conflict is still in train. And Aleppo, the country’s historic urban jewel, will be the central test. Pictured: Children in Aleppo stood on debris and carried balloons as they gathered to express solidarity ahead of International Childhood Cancer Day earlier this month.