The aim from this project was essentially to protect the semi-urban Baabda forest from threats to its ecology and cultural history. By embracing a holistic approach and adopting a deep understanding of the site’s contextual realities, every stakeholder and possible user was taken into consideration as an essential part of the project. The goal was to reconnect the forest with its namesake village and to reinstate it as a crucial element in the town’s cultural heritage. We sought to protect the forest’s rich biodiversity by developing a viable solution to the major highway that crosses its ranges, and we also managed to introduce sustainable activities within the forest, itself. The final design encompassed an in-depth study of the contextual Ecological Landscape Associations and offers the municipality the opportunity to preserve and enhance an all-inclusive, publically-accessible semi-urban forest, all within a 20 minute drive from the capital, Beirut.
Baabda Forest rehabilitation
October 9, 2015