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MAKING PLEASANT PLACES (Lebanon)

Urban planning & public spaces Urban planning & public spaces
Urban planning & public spaces
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MAKING PLEASANT PLACES (Lebanon)

Good public places can stimulate the economy, and social cohesion. Kawkaba is compact, old village of 1000 inhabitants in the southwest Bekaa, Lebanon. Hosting about 1000 Syrian refugees had real impact. The local people are proud of their village, and do not interact with the Syrians. During workshops and talks, it became clear that creating inclusive public spaces could help bring everyone together. Suitable locations were pointed out by the mayor.

During the visit of Mayor Pauline Krikke (The Hague) to Kawkaba in August 2017, the mayor (standing) took the floor and presented the urban development plans for his municipality.

Making of the urban space a tool to foster social integration

Making of the urban space a tool to foster social integration and cohesion turns out to be crucial in a context exacerbating tensions between communities. Comparing the Dutch principles of public spaceswith the situations in Kawkaba, locals and Dutch experts found opportunities for improvement. Experts then made sketches. People discussed their expectations and agreements were made. Including the need for a new tree, more green along roads, pedestrian safety and a new picnic area and playground.

Inclusive public spaces The results
  • More attention within the municipality and the village for the importance of inclusive public spaces to foster social cohesion
Team members
  • Malaz Kawas, Ziad Moussa and Jarik Stollenga VNG INTERNATIONAL
  • Karin Zouein URBAN AND LANDSCAPING DESIGN
  • Albert Koolma and Frank Hornis MUNICIPALITY OF THE HAGUE
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