Looking Within, Intervening in the Old Saida Town, Saida, Lebanon

Ghida Hachicho
American University of Beirut
Name(s) of instructor(s): 
George Arbid
Brief About The Project: 


This project presents alternative interventions in the historical urban texture of the old town of Saida (Sidon). It aims at understanding the history and culture of the place by establishing a new architectural configuration where the old and new parts of Saida are in permanent dialogue. It is an investigation of history as layers resulting from continuous alterations and additions.

These interventions are achieved by subtracting, by cutting through units and stitching them, and by strengthening the dialogue between the old and new. They free structures, open up spaces, expose complexity, and create access to what was inaccessible.

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