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dc.contributor.advisorJulian Beinart.en_US
dc.contributor.authorFrem, Sandraen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-06T16:24:54Z
dc.date.available2009-11-06T16:24:54Z
dc.date.copyright2009en_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/49720
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2009.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 195-199).en_US
dc.description.abstractA 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.statementofresponsibilitySandra Frem.en_US
dc.format.extent199 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectArchitecture.en_US
dc.titleNahr Beirut : projections on an infrastructural landscapeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc438873043en_US


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