Another collapse in Mansourieh, and the state deals with it as an individual case

As torrents swept through diverse Lebanese regions, residents of one of the Nada 3 complex buildings are living under the threat of falling rocks. The residents had to evacuate, sometimes sleeping in cars, …

Collapse in al-Meselmani building in al-‘Hayy al-Gharbi:

10 families were displaced

Part of the Al-Meselmani building, in Al-’Hayy al-Gharbi extending between Chatila Camp and the Sports Stadium, collapsed on Saturday morning. As a result, ten families who had lived in the building for about …

Sahra Chouaifat Building Collapse:

The threat of buildings constructed between 1990 and 2005

Yesterday, a 5-storey building collapsed in Sahra Choueifat. As a result, about 13 families and a number of shops were displaced, all of which survived by chance. The collapse was also followed by …

A Month After the Collapse of the Mansourieh Building

Engineering, a Profession Hijacked by the Market

In this article, we investigate the case of the collapsed building in the Yazbek-Hamoush residential complex in Mansourieh (16 October 2023), in an effort to raise necessary questions about the causes of the …

Five Factors that Contributed to the Deterioration of the Urban Environment in Lebanon

This text highlights Lebanon’s urgent issue of severe physical degradation in its urban environment, with over 18,000 buildings at risk of collapse, particularly in Beirut and Tripoli. It attributes urban decay to a …

المسؤوليات والتراخيص ومساراتها في ملف انهيار المباني

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انهيار المباني ومصائر السكان

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الأسباب الأساسية وراء الانهيار المتزايد للمباني

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It is difficult to be surprised today by the collapse of buildings around the Lebanese territory, being aware of the amount of legal and material factors that have weakened and destabilized their structure, as well as the absence of official practical initiatives to verify the safety of existing and emerging buildings. Therefore, what we are witnessing today is the manifestation of years of military events, followed by measures that prioritize profit, with complete disregard for the safety of people and the environment.

Lebanon’s urban environment bears the deep scars of a long and turbulent history. The Civil War saw infrastructure and neighborhoods directly targeted. This internal conflict was compounded by repeated aggressions and invasions by Israel; in addition to the Beirut port explosion in 2020, as well as the repercussions of the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in 2022. In addition to the resultant destruction, the Lebanese state – at every juncture – favored neoliberal policies, leading eventually to erasure of urban fabrics, collapse of buildings, and the disruption of everyday life. 

Today, urban environments in Lebanon are experiencing extreme physical degradation in what can be considered one of the country’s most devastating eras. As such, this dossier unravels some of the forces behind the numerous building collapses we have witnessed in the past months, documenting their impacts, and imagine alternative possibilities for more equitable urbanization paths. It includes articles and reports that attempt to uncover the structures that led to the deterioration of the built environment in Lebanon, the root causes behind the recent collapses, and to highlight the need to take appropriate measures to avoid further disasters. Additionally, we document collapse cases from different regions, shedding light on residents’ struggles in the absence of housing alternatives. 

 

Rayan Alaeddine

Researcher

Rayan is a civil engineer holding a Master’s degree in public works and road planning from the Lebanese University (2019), and a dual Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Lille-France and the Lebanese University (2021). Using a variety of research and fieldwork tools, she is interested in discovering the dynamics of the urban environment, while adapting it to the fair and just use of people and all living creatures. Her work also includes monitoring and observing the changes of various urban elements and factors.

 

Tala Alaeddine

Research Unit Coordinator and Researcher

Tala graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Lebanese University, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts Branch II (2017), and received Academic excellence certificates and Scholarships from The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development and the Lebanese American University. Her work focuses on land and housing issues in Lebanon, and includes studying and analyzing Lebanese regional masterplans, monitoring planning institutions practices, and advocating for participatory approaches in planning and reconstruction.

 

Christina Abou Rouphaël

Researcher

Christina is an architect and urban researcher who graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture (2015) and Urban Planning (2017) from the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of the Lebanese University. She is currently working on various research projects related to urban issues, public property and the right to the city.

 

Abir Saksouk

Co-Director and Head of Research Department

Abir graduated as an architect in 2005, and later did her masters in Urban Development Planning. She is the co-founder of Public Works Studio. Her primary focus includes urbanism and law, property and shared space, and the right to the city of marginalized communities. She is active in exploring how local organizing could be employed in actively shaping the future of cities. Abir is also a member of the Legal Agenda and a co-founder of Dictaphone Group. 

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