POSPONED / BEIRUT Training School 2021 - Re-Imagining the port as an urban strategy for re-housing: assessment, development, and future.

by MCMH-EU Team | ACTION

2021-10-28  |  Reading 5 ”minutes” 

POSPONED / BEIRUT Training School 2021- Re-Imagining the port as an urban strategy for re-housing: assessment, development, and future.

by MCMH-EU Team | ACTION

2021-10-28  |  Reading 5 ”minutes” 

BEIRUT Training School –
Re-Imagining the port as an urban
strategy for re-housing: assessment,
development, and future.
POSPONED
Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU),
Beirut, Lebanon
BEIRUT Training School –
Re-Imagining the port as an urban
strategy for re-housing: assessment,
development, and future.
POSPONED
Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU),
Beirut, Lebanon

The general objective of this Training School is to learn about the urban strategies, development plans and international housing assistance programs of Lebanon in general and Beirut in particular from the post war period until the August 2020 Port blast, and to evaluate how this event might be an opportunity to redefine urban and design strategies, as well as public policies on collective housing.

Timeline

Day 1

09.00 Welcome. Group meets at “Colony Beirut”, 77 Senegal St., Karantina

09.30 MCMH research project: Cost Action 18137. Housing for the biggest number: the beginning of housing missions (Prof. Mónica Pacheco)

10.30 Group meets at Lebanese American University Campus (LAU). Beirut Metropolitan and Downton debrief (Prof. Elie Harfouche masterclass with introduction to the city).

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 Exploration of the city walk between downtown and Hamra St., AUB & Corniche. This is the larger city walk to set things into context (printed maps for each participant).

18.30 Debrief with Prof. Elie Harfouche (LAU ), present with the students throughout the city tour.

Day 2

09.00 Group meets at “Colony Beirut”, 77 Senegal St., Karantina, Introduction of the different project areas (Prof. Ricardo Camacho)

09.30 Exploration pf the Neighbourhood (different field visits (5 areas) to cover all the neighbourhoods affected by the Beirut blast (facilitated 10.30 by different trainers).

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 Exploration of the Neighbourhood Following the visits, the groups will record and report in a round table discussion.

18.00 Debrief with Prof. Kristine Samra (NDU)

19.00 Visit to Bernard Koury’s Office, Son of a Gun

Day 3

09.00 Group meets at “Colony Beirut” with NDU students. Quick introduction by trainers

09.30 Workshop in Nature with Prof. Nadine Hindi (NDU)

12.30 Lunch break

14.00 Initial mapping of the open spaces on the Port blast influence area. Introduction of 5 different areas.

16.00 Group work divided into the previous thematic themes (facilitated by different trainers)

18.00 Group presentations (5´each) and round table discussion between participants and trainers.

Day 4

09.00 Group meets at NDU. Debrief of previous day activity.

09.30 Presentations with participants and NDU students:
– Identify various problem area/statements;
– Hone in on one problem area that can be addressed by the team;
– Each group drafts a few HMWs;
– Identify stakeholders (who is affected by this topic and how are they affected);
– Ideation.

12.30 Lunch break on the move to American University of Beirut Campus (AUB)

13.30 Exploration of the AUB rare collection Archives. All participants will engage in small groups with pre-selected archives.

18.30 – 20.30 Exploring the Coast – Walking and boat journey of the coastline. Dinner in Rouchet.

Day 5

09.00 Group meets at “Colony Beirut”. Quick introduction a day with a NGO by Prof. Kristine Samra (NDU)

09.30 Field Work

10.30 Participants will spend a full day with one of the NGOs working in the affected areas of the Beirut blast. They will be introduced to the operational mechanisms of that NGO and will participate as volunteers in all activities scheduled by the NGO on that day.

12.30 Lunch break in the street

14.00 Field Work

17.00 Final presentations, discussions and reflections.

18.00 15’ each team followed by Q&A

NOTE

This program may have variations in the schedule and in the guests depending on the sanitary restrictions due to the covid pandemic imposed by the governmental and/or academic authorities.

The selection of cases of studies developed in Beirut to be visited tried to cover the following:

1) representative examples of different planning paradigms and cultural models, particularly in the post war period;
2) housing schemes reflecting varied urban challenges to the mass housing needs;
3) examples presenting different social, economical, demographical, and political (pre)conditions (ethnic/religious, refugees/newcomers, etc.).
4) an overview that allows a comprehensive overview of housing policies from the mid 20th century onwards.

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