The BSA Syria Initiative Charrette

The BSA Syria Initiative hopes to improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee families by addressing the need for child-focused public space facilities in the Dalhamiyyeh refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. More than half of the 4.8 million Syrian refugees that have fled to neighboring countries are children living in stressful circumstances. The initiative will bring together design professionals and students in Beirut and Boston to design and build a play-space in Lebanon for Syrian refugee children and the hosting Lebanese community.

The goal is to involve students and faculty from Boston’s architecture and landscape architecture schools in several ways:

A Design Charrette: starting with the kickoff is on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the BSA followed by two workshops held over a two-week period concluding on April 7.

A Summer Field Project: sponsorship of students from Boston Colleges and Universities to develop mock-up of playground elements in Boston and to travel to Lebanon to be part of design completion and construction of the project. The Harvard GSD is contributing $5,000 to support this project.

Financial support for the construction of the play spaces scheduled for June–July 2017. The estimated cost for construction is estimated to be $50,000. Harvard University Asia Center is supporting the Syria Initiative by contributing $20,000 for the construction of the public space/playground. But more funding needs to be secured to realize this project.

Charrette Dates
Kickoff—Friday, March 24, 2017, 9:00 am–noon
Pinup and work session—Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Final presentations—Friday, April 7, 2017 9:00 am–noon

Please register here to receive additional details and background materials, and to share with the organizers information about you, so that appropriate teams can be made.

For more information, visit the BSA website.