Two explosions erupted in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, sending shockwaves across the city and beyond. Lebanese homes, businesses, schools, and complete city blocks were destroyed, leaving 6,000 injured, 200 deaths and 350,000 without a home.
Beirut is a publishing, cultural, touristic, medical & educational center. Unfortunate- ly, many of its established institutions are reeling from a new round of damage.
We work hand in hand with different humanitarian agencies, NGOs & local authorities to form innovative and recyclable design solutions for community-based projects.
FOR SUSTAINABLE BEIRUT
As an initial response to this catastrophic event D4C has launched the initiative “Help to Help Beirut” for establishing Relief Hubs in Beirut’s destroyed neighborhoods. We are setting up versatile relief hubs, in damaged buildings, to im- mediately serve the most vulnerable from the affected neighborhoods, their children, their families and the elderly.
With our firm belief that the quality of spaces is crucial for the healing process, our aim is to provide healthy, secure, and sustainable environments for multipurpose use and ac- tivities. The Relief hubs would house informal learning and play, psychotherapy and group therapy, food donations etc. With an action-oriented design methodology and a partici- patory approach, we first survey actual needs and assess how our
involvement impacts the community towards sus- tainable development. Our team comprises young talented architects and engineers, and in partnership with universi- ties we also engage students in our projects.
D4C has already identified several areas and locations for potential and projected interventions in neighborhoods around the port. Today, we have established agreements with shop-owners, relief hubs, and a school where we are designing and implementing several projects on the way.