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Beirut: A Green Archipelago

Part 2 Project 2022
Fatema Hayder Hassan
University of Strathclyde | UK
Post the Beirut warehouse port explosion of August 2020 and months of public protests and riots, an investigation on the port disaster has reignited past civil war tension on Beirut’s former demarcation border resulting in combat clashes between the civilians consequential in threats of reintroducing social stagnation. Concurrently, Beirut is a in a critical moment in history as the youth initiate in mobilising projects in hopes for a just future, the possibility for social reformation is evident.

Beirut: A Green Archipelago is a hope-driven urban and architectural intervention project that aims to challenge society’s misconceptions, set the foundation of social reformation and empower the citizens through the consolidation of the religious and ethnics communities of Beirut. Respectively, this scheme ascertains methods and thesis manifestos from the moralising manner of French utopian architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux’s temples of sociability and architectural theorist Oswald Mathias Unger’s response to post war divided Berlin urban development theses. Challenging the demarcation border’s urban environment, the project intervenes in the form of monuments as reimagined typologies dedicated to justice, remembrance, education, meditation and expression. Thus, the monuments explore and challenge the conventional public institutes within Beirut and implement prototype typologies sympathetic to the city’s vernacular.

Fatema Hayder Hassan


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