Open Call: We Wood Beirut | Post-disaster Urban Acupuncture

On the 4th of August 2020, a huge explosion hit the guts of the town of Beirut. The Epicenter of this explosion was the most port surrounded by the historic center of the town . This scar left quite 300,000 people without a home, and destroyed many historical buildings. the world was also known to be an attraction to a majority of the Lebanese youth, an Art and Cultural Hub standing side to side with a Nightlife and culinary center. the world affected was a part of a collective memory of generations and generations evolving organically with the passing years. it had been an ideal example of how a historic area can intuitively evolve and continue with the days without losing its features.

Today all that is still are destroyed buildings, crumbling walls, and shattered windows. Since Urban Network was founded on the principal of using design as a tool for human improvement and development, we felt knowledgeable and private responsibility to be a neighborhood of the healing process of Beirut. there’s a dire got to fix what has been destroyed, but a good more crucial one: restoring a lost collective memory. what’s then the role of architects and designers in posttraumatic events? How can the urban space play a task in healing the scars left by natural (or man-made) disasters? But most significantly how can design be the motor for urban regeneration?

We at Urban Network pride oneself in being a laboratory for environmentally conscious design. along side our partners, we used this disaster to present an alternate model. Through the We Wood – Beirut initiative, Urban Network seeks to form the last word usage of those materials, by collecting, upcycling and reusing the thrown wood for the advantage of the area people . Proudly closing 50 homes with 75% upcycled wood doors. The model presented served as an example that eco-friendly solutions through design can produce marvels.

As important and vital as closing houses is, a more critical problem lies under the surface. Doors and windows are often fixed but the scars left by the explosion can’t be easily mended. it’s imperative to start out brooding about the lost collective memory, the lost urban identity, the general public spaces, streetscapes, but most significantly the new “post-explosion” urban experience. Design can play an important role in restoring what was lost, also as creating a replacement urban experience.

In the same methodology we aim to impress a replacement wave of urban regeneration. Through the injection of smart, minor but effective urban interventions, which will be a driving motor to restoring the city’s lost identity, and help the inhabitants heal the scars of this traumatic experience. With tons of collected scrap wood, we are sure that upcycling combined with ingenious design solutions are often a motor for change. Through design, we would like to assist the inhabitants of Beirut to heal, we would like to make urban experiences where the people can reconquer and redefine the town once more , a bit like they always have. we would like you to think outside the box, think green, and think human “post-disaster” experience.

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  • Title

    Open Call: We Wood Beirut | Post-disaster Urban Acupuncture
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    March 01, 2021 11:59 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    March 01, 2021 11:59 PM
  • Venue

    Beirut Lebanon
  • Price


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