Dalieh Ideas Competition

Source: www.dalieh.org

Dalieh is the open land located in Beirut in front of the known landmark of Sakhrit el Raouche or the Pigeon’s Rock. For decades, Dalieh had multifunctional roles:

  • A recreational space for families, friends, lovers, children
  • A place hosting an informal economy of fishing, boat touring, photographer, sport lovers
  • A biodiversity place with a unique landscape of rocks, marine terraces, sand and soil dunes hosting a variety of native plants, insects, birds, and pollinators

Dalieh similar to other coastal areas in Lebanon is threatened by the real estate development.

In 2014 Dalieh has gone through different interventions (legal and physical modification) threatening the site:

  • Alteration of the building and zoning regulation favoring real estate development
  • Change in ownership aspect of the different plots from multi-owners to two private companies holding the majority of the lands thus monopolizing the power over the site
  • Fencing its access points thus overriding the community’s right to access the sea
  • Eviction of fishermen and other stakeholders
  • Destroying its natural habitat with the installation of accropodes (Huge concrete blocks)



The Ideas Competition is inviting professionals and citizens to propose their visions for possible spatial, programmatic, and institutional arrangements in the area.

theOtherDada is participating in this competition to challenge:

  • The trend of illegal real estate development on the overall coastal areas in Lebanon
  • The degradation of one of the only remaining biodiversity-rich spots in Beirut
  • The absence of public and community spaces in Beirut
  • The threat on maritime ecosystem and social practices of all stakeholders



#theOtherDada #tOD #tODteam #DiscoverDalieh #saveDalieh #biodiversity


About tOD

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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