dpu Beirut summerLab: Riverside Ecologies and Contested Waterscapes
05 September 2016–10 September 2016, 12:00 am–12:00 am
Limited places remain for the sixth year of the Development Planning Unit's summerLab series - a unique platform for one-week design workshops in contested spaces, with sessions geared toward
professionals and students with an interest in studying the built environment and its contested narratives of transformation.
Organised in collaboration with Dalia Chabarek (Académie
Libanaise des Beaux Arts), the Beirut workshop focuses on the Beirut
River that marks the edge of Municipal Beirut. It was once a prosperous
river connecting the valleys of the country to the Mediterranean Sea,
but its concretisation in 1968 left its waters scarce and converted it
into an unintentional open-air sewage in the city. More recently, during
the garbage crisis of Beirut, the river served as a temporary dump for
the entire city. Along the edges of the Beirut River are culturally
eclectic neighbourhoods, currently detached from the city and in dire
need of upgrading.
The Beirut summerLab 2016 will question the influence of a
potentially natural element on its immediate surroundings, and as an
opportunity for the whole city.