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Helen Avery

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Crafting Futures in Lebanese Refugee Camps: The Case of Burj El Barajneh Palestinian Camp

Author

  • Helen Avery
  • Nihal Halimeh

Summary, in English

The initiative at the Burj El Barajneh camp is run by a network of local associations, and aims at improving living conditions, services, infrastructure and livelihoods for the inhabitants. Burj el Barajneh has a large number of active associations and many highly educated professionals. However, in this kind of complex hyperdense context any kind of change needs to be carefully considered, there are no simple recipes, and existing professional expertise does not necessarily match the specific conditions of the locality.
By working with collective design and collaboration between the camp's inhabitants, it becomes possible to envisage larger coordinated efforts, and to solve issues that remain blocked at an individual level.

Department/s

  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Publication/Series

Formakademisk

Volume

12

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

FORMakademisk

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Design
  • Social and Economic Geography

Keywords

  • systemic design
  • architecture
  • refugee camps
  • Lebanon
  • livelihoods
  • sustainable models
  • collective design

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1890-9515