Throughout the Ras Beirut workshop, we led a collective experience in fieldwork research and in the discussions discussion that followed, and we got to closely investigate the neighborhood of Ras
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This project studied the impacts of market-driven developments and policies on housing rights in Beirut and the creation of social and spatial injustices, resulting in the displacement of many low and middle-income families. To counteract these processes, the project mapped abandoned buildings, vacant apartments, rent-controlled units, evictions, housing arrangements and changes in land ownership. The research was rooted within a vision of historicizing housing in relation to neighborhoods, while addressing the question of how do people - who are not covered by any property rights - inhabit the city?
Growing up in urban neighborhoods is largely shaped by the practice of appropriating empty spaces for play.
One of the most enduring recreational activities among families living in Beirut are weekend and holiday outings when extended families (and friends) spend the day outside the city proper, somewher
على مدى عقود عديدة، شهد لبنان تدهوراً في الحقوق السكنيّة، وإقفالاً لشواطئه أمام العموم، وغياباً لخطةٍ شاملة في النقل العام، ناهيك عن حدودٍ وحواجز متزايدة بين المناطق وحول الأحياء، واختفاء المساحات
Agriculture - the sector that was considered the cornerstone of the local Saida economy - is today the victim of real estate speculation, and the inability of local farmers to develop new ways to d