American Univesity of Beirut

Public Spaces & Urban Development International Design Charrette in Beirut

The Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management (LDEM), represented by five students from LDEM and led by Nayla Al-Akl, participated in a 2-day international design charrette on the conceptualization of Beirut Digital District (September 11 and 12)​, looking at spaces of heritage, contrasts and connections. 

The workshop generated concepts for Beirut’s Digital District- a site rich in history in heritage, which aims to become a cluster that caters to the young digital creative community. The aim of the workshop was for local students from programs in landscape architecture and urban planning and design to work on concepts for a site that is integral to the city’s future and holds enormous potential as a public space, heritage site, and a possible business hub with connections to its surrounding neighborhoods.

The design charrette is part of a series of initiatives to build networks and collaborations on issues relating to urban landscapes and public spaces, reflecting on how we engage with one and with the physical environment we inhabit. The charrette was a successful platform for academics, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, and local experts to spend time working with studen​ts, provide feedback on work sessions, presentations, and techniques for capacity building purposes.

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