Preserving Lebanon’s architectural heritage

A nationwide campaign is calling for more action to be taken to preserve the architectural heritage of Lebanon.

The Beruit-based Rashya Plastic Arts Workshop said that due to the decline in the number of traditional
homes over the last decade, the drive would focus on photographing traditional
architecture across the country and holding exhibitions as well as showing
documentaries.

It is intended that every town will have its own exhibition so residents can learn about the importance
of their traditional building design. “Our heritage today is being destroyed across
the country, whether deliberately or not, and especially our cultural heritage,
which includes many homes,” said Marwa Alwan who is leading the project.

The campaign, entitled Stop – Bring me Back, will be carried out alongside local and municipal
authorities and the governmental tourism and culture ministries.

It will also provide lessons about restoration in each municipality and work closely with architects
and engineers.

Literature specific to each town will be distributed following the exhibitions and will also be presented
to municipalities, in order to promote funding for restoration.

The booklets will also be presented to urban planners to encourage laws to curb what restorers feel is a
prevalence of building permits.

The campaign is also intended to raise awareness about architectural heritage preservation through
tourist publications and by working with the country’s Foreign Ministry and various Lebanese embassies across the world it is also aimed at both expatriates and tourists.

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