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Tactical urbanism and the reactivation of residual spaces : reviving Ain Mreisseh's socio-cultural heritage -

Show simple item record Gebara, Hayat Khaled, 2017-08-30T14:16:20Z 2017-08-30T14:16:20Z 2016 2016
dc.identifier.other b18695310
dc.description Thesis. M.U.D. American University of Beirut. Department of Architecture and Design , 2016. ET:6451.
dc.description Co-Advisors : Dr. Mona Harb, Professor, Architecture and Design ; Mr. Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj, Visiting Assistant Professor, Architecture and Design Committee Member : Ms. Rana Haddad, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Design.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 136-139)
dc.description.abstract Everyday spaces are spaces in transition, spaces responsible for creating new social arrangements and forms of imagination (Crawford, 2010). Crawford praises an optimistic approach that aims at “reclaiming elements of the everyday that have been hidden in the nooks and crannies of the urban environment.” These are shaped in residual spaces which are marginal and not usually considered as valuable changing elements in the urban life. This thesis looks at this part of the social and human discourse of urbanism, where lived experiences become more crucial than physical forms in defining the city. The frequent changes in the built environment and the demographical shifts of the neighborhood of Ain Mreisseh have affected the livability and socio-spatial relations of its inhabitants. In an attempt at enhancing social interaction in this area and empowering its residents to preserve its socio-cultural heritage, this thesis investigates Ain Mreisseh’s residual spaces, the everyday spatial practices of its inhabitants, and the different ways in which people appropriate space. Through relating these analytical layers, the thesis explores possible ways of employing “Tactical Urbanism” tools to answer how design processes can foster social exchange and strengthen the sense of community identity in everyday spaces. “Tactical Urbanism” is employed to achieve neighborhood empowerment and the activation of residual opportunistic spaces using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions and policies. This thesis also highlights the existing neighborhood potentials in relation to tactics which can dictate and-or affect long-term development strategies. These layers are focused on supporting potential urban knots and creating opportunistic areas for social encounters and community development.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 142 leaves) : color illustrations, maps.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Theses, Dissertations, and Projects
dc.subject.classification ET:006451
dc.subject.lcsh Cities and towns -- Social aspects -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh City planning -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh Public spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh Community development -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh Cultural property -- Conservation and restoration.
dc.subject.lcsh Cultural landscapes -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh Urban landscape architecture -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh ʻAyn al Muraysá (Beirut, Lebanon)
dc.title Tactical urbanism and the reactivation of residual spaces : reviving Ain Mreisseh's socio-cultural heritage -
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
dc.contributor.department Department of Architecture and Design,
dc.contributor.institution American University of Beirut.

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