Rahaf Al-Ashqar, Daniella Haddadin, Maya Higeli, Kira Phillips, Naomi Sabbagh
Port of Beirut Renewal:
Beirut Port Revival

The 2020 explosion in the port of Beirut triggered the worsening of previously challenging conditions faced by residents in Lebanon. This proposal plans on providing the area with resources to aid Lebanon’s ongoing resilience. The main issues addressed include the housing crisis, infrastructure issues, as well as the lack of open and public spaces.

The economic crisis had made housing unaffordable to the majority of the population. Adding housing that will relocate these individuals to permanent residence will help them get access to their basic needs. The housing type proposed includes features such as edible gardens and farms to raise chickens, rainwater storage, and solar energy.

To address infrastructure, the streets have been designed to have wider, greened sidewalks, separate bike paths and designated bus lanes. Bike-sharing stations and a stronger emphasis on public transit encourage a healthy lifestyle, alleviate heavy traffic and reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other ambient pollutants.

The area lacked community hubs and green spaces. Including these spaces will nurture community growth and provide services. A functional exhibition space will be incorporated as a memorial to commemorate the lost lives and the country’s hardship during that time.

The main goal of this proposal is to create a district within the city of Beirut that effectively addresses many of the challenges historically present within the city, and those exacerbated by the 2020 explosion. These sustainable strategies can also be expanded into the greater context of the city, allowing for a full display of the rich culture that the city is home to.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.