2012 ACSA International Conference
SOLIDERE, Wa`d, and Nahr elBared Camp are three urban reconstruction projects in Lebanon that targeted neighborhoods destroyed through armed conflict in the 1970-80’s, 2006 and 2007 respectively. Even though these urban areas were produced over decades of multiple social interactions and economic considerations, reconstruction projects regenerates the whole area within contemporary political and social prerogatives, which may diminish the diversity of actors and discourses in the process. Along these lines the three projects illustrate three different approaches for urban production revealing a different relationship between the developer, the architect and the user community. Depending on who one asks, the three projects may be considered successes or failures but as public projects I will focus in this presentation on the engagement of the user community in the project production and the role that architects played in this engagement.
Ghandour, Marwan, "The Architect Citizen: The Nature of Civic Engagement in Postwar Reconstruction Projects in Lebanon" (2012). Architecture Conference Proceedings and Presentations. 34.