This is a project done in collaboration with Public Works Studio and the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU) based in Beirut, Lebanon.
How can key existing urban public spaces in Beirut be reclaimed and new visions be afforded to enable minority groups to have different, better and more integrated social and physical relationships and engagements?
This project focuses on developing new and innovative visions for the coastal area of Beirut, whilst improving the accessibility and integration of the space for the minority groups living in the area. When researching the Dalieh space, we were interested in reusing objects within the space as part of the initial design. Within the space, there were many 3 meter sized concrete structures, named Accropodes, which were part of an abandoned coastal conservation project.
The project mainly focused on redesigning new visions for the use of the Accropodes, for minority groups, within the space.
We designed a formula, with a series of inputs which allowed the designers and others to create a series of strange/unusual outputs:
Accropodes + Existing User Group + New User Group = Idea
With these outputs we began to make many models, both physical and digital, allowing the potential of the space to truly grow.
Our aim is to create a playful intervention to allow/encourage interaction of different social people and groups.
One of the challenges the designers faced with this project was not being able to physically see the site and the objects within the space.
By starting with two groups of users who are not usually designed for together, it meant that the designs actively catered for minority groups from the start as opposed to being an after thought addition.
In collaboration with Ines Torgal Ferreira, Hannah Williams, Chae Young Park, Momoko Takahashi and Su Yeon Song.
The Accropodes in the space.
A formula designed to generate a series of unusual ideas.
Some of the hundreds of quick sketches made from a combination of users.
Collaging of initial sketches.
Graphics designed to aid in the generation of ideas.
A smaller replication of an Accropode made from Jasminite, to understand the shape and materiality of the object.
Photographs taken in the coastal area of Felixstowe, to replicate the Dalieh space.
Interactive model designed to facilitate the generation of ideas using props and the Accorpode models.
A film showing the progression of ideas from start to finish.
Some of the final digitally designed ideas.
A final short film showcasing all ideas, with sounds.