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BCD: The Souks
Prior to their destruction, the souks of Beirut were a meeting place for all Lebanese, and their reconstruction must safeguard that traditional attraction. The reconstruction of the souks is one of the priorities of Phase I, and will take place concurrently with the works on infrastructure and restoration. Attractive and active souk areas are sure to help revitalize the Central District.

Launched in the beginning of 1994, the International Ideas Competition for the Reconstruction of the Souks, covering an area of 60,000 square meters, addressed this and other objectives.

Among the aims of the architectural competition was the promotion of ideas for the creation of an active, attractive, and successful market place; but there were other purposes, too. By launching the competition, SOLIDERE wanted to open up the reconstruction process to the public at large and to encourage national and international professional involvement.

The Company also hoped to encourage debate and interest in architectural concepts that could create a link between the city's past and its present, and develop means to handle the social and historical issues involved in the creation of a new identity for the Souks.

Among other objectives of the competition was the development of architectural concepts that recapture a lifestyle formerly identified with the city center and recreate a market-place where merchants prosper and all enjoy spending long hours.

The total number of registered entries was 357, from 51 countries, a clear indication of the international interest in the competition.

On July 16, 1994, the Lebanese and international jury named three winners: the offices of Drisin, McFarlane; Annabel Karim & Valode & Pistre; and Mark Saade & Associates. Nine other participants received honorable mentions.

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