HAY AL-ZAHRA SCHOOL:
A SPACE FOR SOCIAL EQUITY

houry jamkojian

The southern suburb was inhabited by migrants during the civil war in improvised constructions along its seashore; but after the war, and with an attempt to regenerate the area, the Elyssar project led to a battle of territories between the Public Agency and the illegal inhabitants. This resulted in the isolation of Hay Al-Zahra – now an urban island of a striving community surrounded by the rigid urban developments of Bir Hassan, upper Jnah and the Rafic Hariri highway. For, the project consists of an arts and crafts educational center located on the border shared by Hay AL-Zahra and upper Jnah, and a digital educational center located on the border shared by Hay AL-Zahra and Bir Hassan. It embodies both scales of the city through a mixed scale typology that acts as a transitional connecter of the three areas, allowing the continuation of the striving communal life of Hay Al Zahra beyond its borders.

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