October - December  1 9 9 9
 In and about the City Center

Queen Noor of Jordon was honored at a dinner in the Roman Baths open space. The dinner was held on October 27 by the Friends of the AUB museum.
About the city center

'Architecture Re-introduced: New projects in Societies in Change' was the theme of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture conference, held on November 24 to 27 at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Order of Engineers and Architects. In his lecture on 'Reconstruction: the example of SOLIDERE', Angus Gavin, planning advisor to the Company Chairman, highlighted the ambitious objectives of the city center master plan.

      The United Nations conference on 'Planning and Design of Accessible Urban Development Countries' was held at UN House on November 29 to December 3. Oussama Kabbani, Town Planning department manager, gave an address on 'Building an accessible environment: the case of SOLIDERE'.
    A presentation on the Reconstruction of the Souks of Beirut was given on November 25 at Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Moyen-Orient Contemporain (CERMOC). The lecturer was Hervé Dupont, formerly Land Development division manager at SOLIDERE.
  The city center ring road and sea defense structure were among successful projects displayed in 'Journée Béton et Culture'. The exhibition was organized by l'Atelier des Architectes Associés, and held for a week, starting October 8, at the Order of Engineers and Architects.
    SOLIDERE proposed the Martyrs' square axis as the subject of study for a team of students from the Urban Design and Development Masters' program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Australia. The students had been briefed on the city center reconstruction, as part of a field trip to Beirut.



Prince Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Saud, with SOLIDERE chairman and general manager Nasser Chammaa.

Hyundai president Yoo Il Lee, with SOLIDERE vice-chairman Maher Beydoun.

   SOLIDERE welcomed this quarter HRH Prince Mohammad Bin Fahed.
    Among eminent Arab visitor were Sheikhs Salman Bin Ali and Khalid Bin Salman Al Khalifa; Sheikhs Fahad, Abdul Aziz and Saleh Alessa; Sheikh Tamer Al-Thani; and Olayan Group CEO Aziz Syriani.
    Dar al-Mal-al-Islami CEO Khaled Abdallah Janahi also came to Beirut city center, as did high-level representatives of ABN-AMRO, Bank Gesellchaft Berlin, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Merril Lynch and National Bank of Canada.
    Visiting businessmen and business delegations included Saatchi & Saatchi regional director for Middle East and Africa John McNeal; Knoll Europe president Thomas Rosewall; MEDEF International, grouping 45 French contracting companies; 70 member of advertising companies related to the French television company TF1; a group from Ericsson; and teams from ARTE and Swiss television.
    Economic, diplomatic and cultural delegations came from Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Uruguay and the US.
    Academics and architects included 100 participants in the Aga Khan Award for Architecture conference, participants in 'Jerusalem Today' conference organized by the Organization of Arab Architects; Professor Alexander Cuthbert from the University of New South Wales; and a group from the Irish Georgian Society. Among other professionals were UN senior social affairs officer Clinton E. Rapley with 40 participants to the ESCWA conference on 'Planning and Design of Accessible Urban Development Countries'; engineers from Holland; and Arab and US medical doctors.

German Parliament vice-president Petra Blaess; Giuseppe Brusoni from Giorgio Armani; German Justice Minister Herta Däubler Gmelin.