tutor | hala younes
Among the priority of a sustainable architecture, the use of local material with low carbon footprint is an essential objective. Reducing transport and transformation cost aims at the preservations of our planet’s resources and its capacity to breathe and regenerate itself.
This commendable and ecological concern came to the fore with the ongoing economic crisis when suddenly imported construction materials became simply unaffordable due to USD cash shortage, thus questioning all our standard design decisions. Many construction projects stopped and those still in design phases were drastically reshaped in order to accommodate the new economic situation.
The damages caused by the Beirut explosion and the incapacity of many to implement basic repairs in their damaged homes, highlighted our vulnerability and dependence towards global construction market and products. Like food security, “architecture security” is a measure of the availability of construction material and individuals’ ability to access it.
What kind of architecture security do we have and what are the means for improving it.
Beside the traditional trilogy of “Recycle, Reuse, Reduce”, that we will have to implement,
Beside “the economy of means”, that should be the slogan of our new architecture, What are the local abandoned, underused or misused construction materials available in our resourceful country? What are the new materials that we can imagine from recycled construction material or other products? What are the “bio-based materials” that we still have to reintroduce or reinvent?
The program is an amenity in an abandoned urban space that was to become the Fouad Boutros Park.