of the Southwestern Suburbs of Beirut
the return of stability to Lebanon, the country witnessed a
comprehensive planning and development which were long
overdue. Since the early nineties, the government has been
addressing issues of land development, urban and regional
planning, infrastructure upgrade and social development along
with a fiscal restructuring of the tax system to face the
challenges of a new millennium and a fast changing world .
Encompassing nearly half of Lebanon's population , the
metropolitan area of Beirut has been subject to a myriad of
development and capital improvement projects to enhance its
infrastructure, and attractiveness. These projects can be
divided into two main categories:
intervention through projects with limited scopes such as the
beltway, the Pan Arab highway, the new airport, Beirut
gateways program , etc..... .
through the planning and development of entire districts such
as the Beirut central district, the development of Beirut
suburbs, and the "Littoral Nord de Beirut"(Linord) .
All these projects are underway with strong motivation and
belief that Lebanon can and should regain its position as the
Middle East center for culture, entertainment and services .
ELYSSAR" The planning and
development of Beirut South Western Suburbs:
The development of Beirut Suburbs is a long term and
exhaustive project due to three factors:
-The majority of
Beirut metropolitan populations resides in these areas.
At the macro scale the pace of urbanization in the suburbs was
rapid and in some instance chaotic, leading to a fast
deterioration of the physical fabric, the natural environment,
and the out dated infrastructure.
-At the micro scale
each suburb offers a unique set of difficulties which requires
unconventional planning Solutions.