Project Description
In the context of Beirut Design Week 2018's theme- Design and the City- UNIDO and  Beirut Design Week teamed up for an urban design competition.The brief called for small-scale urban installations that are driven by inspiring  characteristics of Al Mina, Tripoli and its inhabitants. Our proposal - the competition winning entry- looked the spatial situations that exist in the narrow pedestrian streets of Al Mina. In these alleyways, a tension exists between the buildings' openings and protrusions, and the public realm of the street. 
We started by defining the elements that exist at the interstice between the private and the public. These elements are an extension of the building but within the street. They are used to extend the interior, add balconies, and protect windows and doors. On the ground level, the doors and windows are open directly to the street, creating an intense proximity between a walker-by and a person in his private room.
Our proposal tends to play on this relationship by linking the two- private and public- realms , but at the same time creating a subtle separation between the two.
We are suggesting elements that "plug in " to the windows and doors of the buildings and protrude into the street to create a public element such as a bench or a planter. This urban furniture is appropriated at the same time by the building and the street. While "mimicking" the existing protruding elements on the facades of Al Mina, the newly introduced wooden elements express and celebrate this rich urban spatiality.
Project Data
Program
UNIDO
Program
Urban installation
Location
Al-Mina, Lebanon., Lebanon
Status
Competition - winning entry
Year
2018
Credits
Team
Boulos Douaihy
Description
In the context of Beirut Design Week 2018's theme- Design and the City- UNIDO and  Beirut Design Week teamed up for an urban design competition.The brief called for small-scale urban installations that are driven by inspiring  characteristics of Al Mina, Tripoli and its inhabitants. Our proposal - the competition winning entry- looked the spatial situations that exist in the narrow pedestrian streets of Al Mina. In these alleyways, a tension exists between the buildings' openings and protrusions, and the public realm of the street. 
We started by defining the elements that exist at the interstice between the private and the public. These elements are an extension of the building but within the street. They are used to extend the interior, add balconies, and protect windows and doors. On the ground level, the doors and windows are open directly to the street, creating an intense proximity between a walker-by and a person in his private room.
Our proposal tends to play on this relationship by linking the two- private and public- realms , but at the same time creating a subtle separation between the two.
We are suggesting elements that "plug in " to the windows and doors of the buildings and protrude into the street to create a public element such as a bench or a planter. This urban furniture is appropriated at the same time by the building and the street. While "mimicking" the existing protruding elements on the facades of Al Mina, the newly introduced wooden elements express and celebrate this rich urban spatiality.
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