andscape design collaborators: Ahmad Nouraldine and Yasmine Mroueh
DI-LAB AUB (MSFEA) - BAHR EL EID PARK REVIVAL
The design of the Bahr El Eid park revival project is a DI-LAB project. DI-LAB is a course at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Architecture and Design at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA course No. ARCH016). The project was designed in Summer 2017 and the advisers are instructors Karim Najjar, Ahmad Nouraldeen and Balsam Madi. Students that participated in designing this project are: Mohammad Nazar, Nella Abi Khalil, Sari Kantari, Nirvana Kobeissi, Leen Nadar, Jad Najm, Danielle Raffoul, Maha Sabalbal, Meriam Soltan and Aya Nadera Zantout. External consultants Dana Ali (Landscape Architect) and Anwar Antoun (Structural Engineer) also participated in the development of the design. The project construction is funded by ALFA, UN-HABITAT and Saida Municipality.
Students conducted research, analysis, and discussions with the local authority and beneficiaries, taking into consideration their concerns and needs and the site’s historic, physical, and socio-economic characteristics to come up with an appropriate design strategy that also preserves the space’s cultural heritage.
The scope of the project includes the design of a permanent installation on the 800m2 rectangular site and a masterplan for the overall area of approximately 3500m2 surrounding the installation including public spaces, roads, and facades. The goal is to create a permanent Bahr El Eid playground that would function as the anchor point of its traditional bi-yearly extensions. This intervention would complement the qualitative investments in the socio-economic and touristic sectors on Saida’s waterfront, and would reactivate one of the city’s oldest and most memorable public spaces, hosting learn and play activities in a safe and desirable environment and promoting social cohesion and interaction between different social groups from the historic district specifically and the city as a whole.
The studio services for this project included design supervision and construction management.