El Mina, Lebanon




Collaborators: Circus hub; Urban Sketchers Lebanon; Lebanese Red Cross Youth sector Tripoli; Senshi club; El-Mina municipality; Citizen Scientists Alaa El Merehby, Bassem Zawdeh, Ghassan El Bakri, Heba El Haji, Houda Kabbara, Mahmoud Sleiman and Taha Mersalli

MAUJ is a public space intervention project in the city of El Mina in Tripoli, North Lebanon. The aim was to enhance the existing uses of the corniche, a sea promenade, that represents one of the few public spaces in the city that is accessible and used by diverse groups and communities, especially by the most vulnerable. The built intervention created a leisure infrastructure, a child friendly space, and a safe and accessible space for all. 

During the construction phase, many of the interviewees showed concerns about caring for the space after implementation. To help plan for sustainable management we implemented a series of participatory activities to activate the space once the construction was completed; we involved the community,the municipality, and citizen scientists. 

“The space is perfect for many activities for adults as well as children. I enjoyed playing here with my son.”

For the participatory activities post-implementation we collaborated with local artists, performers and community based organisations to engage space users and nearby residents in arts and cultural activities. Such activities promoted a sense of ownership, invited everyone in the society to participate and devised ways in which the community can lead in maintaining the quality of the rehabilitated public space in the future.

Participation pictures
Participation pictures
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