University : Beirut Arab University
Tutor(s) : Dr Hisham El Arnaouti and Prof Ibtihal El Bastawissi
Urban Revitalization refers to a set of initiatives aimed at reorganizing an existing city structure, particularly in neighbourhoods in decline due to economic or social reasons. It involves redeveloping blighted areas for newly developed uses that serve the community and the region, taking into consideration the urban context. Understanding and preserving the spirit of place in a historical urban context is an important subject, knowing that such a spirit is obtained from both tangible and intangible features. Food and culture are interconnected. The processes involved in preparing, executing and sharing certain foods and drinks might look simple, but they often hide underneath important social and cultural significance inherited from one generation to the other. Each place has a significant meaning to the residents and we can interpret this by analyzing and observing the human experience in its architecture as a field, is a medium to reflect this spirit by adding a physical dimension that can serve the present and the future of the region by adding a distinctive land use to the urban grid and promoting a new urban market.
This urban food hub complements the surrounding context while encouraging development that reflects the image of the downtown district, as a well-developed downtown facilitates the mix of economic, commercial and civic uses forming a well-balanced centre to become a unique urban attraction with a vibrant character.