Comprehensive physical and socio-economic study of the region of upper Batroun

Tannourine and the neighbouring villages in the highlands of Mount-Lebanon


Because of the author’s implication in both projects and following the request of the General Directorate of Urban Planning, this work was the first local study that fits within the frame of the National Physical Master Plan for Lebanon (NPMPL) and constitutes therefore a typical example.

The concerned area has been proposed within the NPMPL as one major « Regional Natural Park » in the country.

Table of contents [68,5 Ko – in arabic]

1. Physical characteristics of the site [14,8 Mo – in arabic]

2. Land and buildings use [1,4 Mo – in arabic]

3. Situation of constructions and housing units [473 Ko – in arabic]

4. Demography, residency, emigration [293 Ko – in arabic]

5. Communications, public equipments and infrastructures [113 Ko – in arabic]

6. Economic situation [126 Ko – in arabic]

7. Institutional framework and social services [84 Ko – in arabic]

8. Archaeological, cultural and natural Sites, environment [100 Ko – in arabic]

9. Conclusions and planning alternatives [14,8 Mo – in arabic]

10. Annexes [213 Ko – in arabic]

In Arabic

The Socio-economic impact of replacing the commercial port in Sour by a fishing and touristic port

May 2005
The city of Sour, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, includes, since the civil war, an irregular commercial port. The study aims at assessing the benefits and costs of transforming this port so as to preserve and promote the cultural character of the city. The measures needed to mitigate the losses incurred by the affected categories are highlighted.

What future for the International fair and Tripoli ?

Reworking of a conference given at Safadi Foundation, in Tripoli, 15 December 2007, in commemoration of Oscar Niemeyer’s centenary
15 December 2007

The word « fair » refers to a heterogeneous array of commercial-political demonstrations, none of its still living forms seeming to fit with the present situation of the city of Tripoli. The urban site inherited from the fair and the need to develop and integrate the city for which the fair project has been designed are far more important than its merchant or symbolic functionality.

Tripoli is socially and urbanly in distress. It could not overcome the war traumas. It is internally dismembered and cut from its environment. The site of the fair is being manipulated to serve as a no-man’s-land in the territorial stakes and as a support for wheeler-dealer speculations.

By revisiting the initial concept of the project and by taking profit of the potentialities of the grandiose site, it is possible to find the support for a set of major structuring equipments that the NPMPL has planned for Tripoli, while keeping the door open for a wide range of activities that Niemeyer wished to welcome under the vast tent of the fair.


In French