Upper Basin of Beirut River

As part of our research on Beirut River we organized a site visit in the different areas where Daychounieh locationthe river flows.

The visit began at Daychounieh dam located at the upper basin of the river, characterized as a peri-urban region; and ended in the urban area of Bourj Hammoud.

Daychounieh area has different interesting elements and worth a visit, if you haven’t been in this area, located in the valley between Mansourieh and Hazmieh. Two elements to highlight:

  1. The Roman Aqueduct: during the Roman period, Beirut city received itswater from Beirut River through a system of aqueducts that remained functional until the ottoman period. A portion of these aqueducts still stand on each side of the valley as seen in the images below.
  2. Daychounieh Dam: the dam was built in the 1930s during the French mandate in an attempt to improve irrigation in the adjacent lands of the river. However a year after the dam was operational, the sediments filled its storage capacity, ruining the efficiency of the structure. The dam hasn’t been used ever since.

Reference: Sandra Frem 2009






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Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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