RIGHT TO THE CITY:
THE POTENTIAL OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS
Seeing the city as a co-created place with the citizen as the main element, Ouzai, an informal settlement in the Southern Suburbs of Beirut, becomes a potential area that should be integrated within the formal city. Ouzai is revitalized by commercial and industrial activities despite the governmental neglect and the poor infrastructure. The analysis of Ouzai main streets shows their adaptability to different functions according to their location and the surrounding settlements. The project’s site has a potential to be a node in Ouzai as it comes at the intersection of these main streets, and at the center of an inner streets’ network that has been created by the people to meet their daily needs. The site thus acts as a meeting point for all surrounding areas and as a link to the public beach. The project suggests a public technical school with workshops that would teach the inhabitants different new and existing crafts and skills. The project’s architecture looks at the architectural behavior of the existing settlements and implements learnings in its volumes and strategy.