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Nahr Beirut : projections on an infrastructural landscape

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dc.contributor.advisor Julian Beinart. en_US Frem, Sandra en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US 2009-11-06T16:24:54Z 2009-11-06T16:24:54Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2009. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-199). en_US
dc.description.abstract A century ago, Nahr Beirut was a riparian river which flowed from a mountainous valley to a coastal plain, the Beirut Peninsula, before entering the Julian Beinart Mediterranean Sea. After being for centuries the distant edge of Beirut, Nahr Title: Professor of Architecture Beirut today is the central spine of the Metropolitan Area, coinciding with a major transport corridor linking the coast with the hinterland. In 1968, the river was converted from a riparian river to a concrete canal and eventually, it mutated into an open sewer. The highway built on its right bank completed this conversion into an infrastructural conduit of sewage and transport. Informed by the notions of infrastructural landscape in Kathy Poole's article, Infrastructure in the ecological city, the thesis investigates Nahr Beirut through an urban and ecological analysis, and proposes measures for restoring the river, creating public space and enhancing the quality and management of water. In doing so, Nahr Beirut acts as a cultural catalyst which addresses citywide concerns of water supply, urban fragmentation and lack of public space. An overall plan addresses the ecological continuity of the river, flood mitigation, water management and treatment cycles. The plan proposes new navigational paths along the restored corridor, and sequences of public instances which respond to specific physical, infrastructural and urban conditions. Smaller scale proposals include public nodes and a series of land formation strategies that respond to the environmental and infrastructural situations. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) Each strategy is manifested by formal manipulation leading to a new constructed ground (river + banks+ public space) which corresponds to the hydrological mutations of the river across the different seasons. Advancing that rivers as infrastructural landscapes can become urban, social and ecological structures which sustain amid political and aesthetic fluctuations, the thesis posits Nahr Beirut as a new cultural and ecological spine in the city, which mediates its infrastructural functions with its civic and environmental roles. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Sandra Frem. en_US
dc.format.extent 199 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.title Nahr Beirut : projections on an infrastructural landscape en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 438873043 en_US

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