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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.