tutor | issam barhouche

BURJ HAMMOUD

Subsequent to the Armenian genocide in the early 1900’s, a large community of Armenians was relocated in different regions in Lebanon, mainly in the Bourj Hammoud area.
At that time, this suburb of Beirut was an open agriculture land, totally unbuilt, limited by Beirut river from the West and the sea for the North.
Since that time, Bourj Hammoud started to take shape with the first refugee camps, evolving into small neighborhoods, growing into larger urban areas, ending up being the Bourj Hammoud of today.
The main theme of the course was the study of the 100-year city evolution that shifted from an empty land to a very populated and active city. Furthermore, this study has shed light on the main social, architectural and urban parameters that elucidates the current slogan of Bourj Hammoud as “a country within a city”.
Students’ operationalization of their respective hypothesis into architectural dimensions highlighted different distortions and occurrences in the timeline of the city. This engendered manipulations of different forms in urban voids, leftovers, unfinished buildings and empty land, to name a few.
Finally, the objective of the studies was to analyze the alterations of the urban fabric and to come up with new social, political and environmental needs leading to architectural projects that can play a new role in the future of the city.

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