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Old May 25th, 2007, 03:55 AM   #1
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#COMPLETED: "Waed Project" (Dahyieh Reconstruction)

Rendering of PArt of the (New Dahiyeh) ,project called (wa'd) for Reconstruction of the Beirut southern suburb.Project announced thursday May 24th.



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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:40 AM   #2
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This could be one of the biggest developments...But there is a problem ..The provious owners have given power of attny to WAAD which is a hzb project to rebuild..The goverment is not acknowledging the legality and refusing to pay out compensation to WAAD instead of tho the owners directly...This is said because the goverment doesnt want to pay or support Hezbollah...they are bilding without any permits and are bypassing normal institutions..
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #3
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Hizbullah's construction arm to start rebuilding Dahiyeh in June
Organization aims to preserve neighborhood's identity
By Lysandra Ohrstrom
Daily Star staff
Friday, May 25, 2007



BEIRUT: The branch of Hizbullah's construction arm created to oversee the rebuilding of the capital's battered southern suburbs said Thursday it would begin in June to restore the neighborhood to its state prior the Israeli bombardment last summer. A majority of residents in the four municipalities of the Dahiyeh have given the Waad (Promise) project, a subsidiary of Jihad al-Binaa, power of attorney over their properties, allowing the group to collect indemnity payments from the government on their behalf, design an urban planning scheme for the congested district and determine which architects and engineers to award building contracts to.

Waad general manager Hassan Jichi said the LL80 million ($53,000) of government compensation promised to owners of each destroyed apartment unit would not be enough to finance the construction of the 1.2 million square meters of built-up area damaged during war. Hizbullah and the Waad project plan to cover the remaining costs so that residents do not have to pay out of their own pockets, he said, without specifying the size of the gap in payments.

"Since people needed to return to their homes quickly, Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah held meetings with the owners of 281 properties in need of rebuilding, and came up with two scenarios that honor the social conventions and common memory of Dahiyeh," Jichi said at a news conference held in Beirut Thursday morning.

"I hope that the international donor countries and charities who have already expressed willingness to rebuild will give money to Waad," he said.

Based on the results of a questionnaire distributed to residents, Waad's seven-member advisory committee drafted an urban planning scheme that would allow structures to be rebuilt according to their pre-war dimensions, with the same layout.

All of the new buildings will be earthquake-resistant, contain underground parking lots, a two-door elevator, power generators, fire alarms and facilities for the disabled, Jichi said.
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The zoning plan also calls for squares, public gardens and benches, which a Kuwaiti donor has already agreed to fund, he said.

The objective, said architect Jack Khawam, a member of Waad, is "to beautify Dahiyeh, rather than change its identity because we want people to recognize their homes."

Indeed the Waad project has its own rebuilding philosophy, a Waad engineer told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.

"The people who live there wanted to go back to the same place they lived before, they want the same neighbors, the shops under their homes, everything," he said in a phone interview after the news conference.

"Some people did not even want problems in their homes to be addressed. One family had a problem with their balcony and they did not want to fix it. People insisted on having the same number of rooms and bathrooms, but we did make buildings more colorful."

Rahis Fayyad, a vocal critic of Solidere and a member of the Waad advisory panel, said residents wanted to retain the character of the Dahiyeh and avoid mimicking Solidere by increasing the amount of commercial space and building high-rises.

The government has been slow to deliver compensation, said Jichi. However, "the idea

is that they should finance the rebuilding."

Other private and government donors have also pledged to contribute money and building materials, he said, naming "Gulf states, Syria and Iran" and "even some European donors and Lebanese Christians."

No contractors have been commissioned yet, and the panel is in the final stages of drafting the qualifications for companies to bid. But there will be no open tendering process, the source said.

"They know we are rebuilding so they can come and submit a bid if they want," he said of regarding the manner in which contractors could participate.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 07:50 AM   #4
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"The people who live there wanted to go back to the same place they lived before, they want the same neighbors, the shops under their homes, everything," he said in a phone interview after the news conference.

"Some people did not even want problems in their homes to be addressed. One family had a problem with their balcony and they did not want to fix it. People insisted on having the same number of rooms and bathrooms, but we did make buildings more colorful."


It's unfortunate that they will just rebuild the same old buildings and not even fix imperfections.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 07:58 AM   #5
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nothen great .... i guess same old
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Old May 25th, 2007, 08:00 AM   #6
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I am just wondering, will they widen the streets?
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Old May 25th, 2007, 08:05 AM   #7
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it says the Buildings will be earthquake resistant.....how dose that work
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Old May 25th, 2007, 01:53 PM   #8
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I am just wondering, will they widen the streets?

Yes,and more green spaces.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 04:04 PM   #9
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how do you know that knowing them its going to be dull and gray ( sorry for the negativty )
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Old May 25th, 2007, 04:38 PM   #10
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There was a plan called Ellisar for this area..Hairi was modelling it on Solidere...which would havew the same structure and floated on the bourse..BUt HZ fought againts it because it would cyhange the face of the area and probably take there support away..so people can say they are left to live in bad conditions and without any govt help..

People have to remember this area was built during the civil war with no planning even some ownership of the land is in question ...people just built. Another point is that this is located next to the airport and must conform to height restrictions etc...The one positive thing is everyone is going to get a brandnew aprt and not have to buy it froma developer (like solidere) the people are low income..Now wouldnt it be interesting if they signed all there rights away and Hezb becomes the largets landlords in the country,..not transferring the title to them
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Old May 26th, 2007, 12:26 AM   #11
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arint the Homes near the Airport were Built Illgealy also
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Old May 26th, 2007, 01:21 AM   #12
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how do you know that knowing them its going to be dull and gray ( sorry for the negativty )
Jayme001, why are you so offencive and negative towards these people? Aren't they as Lebanese as you are? They are shi3a, so what? They are poor, so the don't they deserve a better life? As long as there are people like you who think like you, I can see the Lebanese future ending with a date like April 13 1974. I am sorry but everyone- Shi3as, Sunnis, Druze, Maruni, Orthodox, Catholics- all of them are LEBANESE, all of them deserve LEBANON.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 02:54 AM   #13
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no im not, being offenive , im just saying that the people are going to rebuild that area , is just going to make it the same , maybe a small improvments, but dont think that waad company is suitable

Btw i didnt be nasty to any group in Lebanon
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Old May 26th, 2007, 02:58 PM   #14
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link him to that "when will be become lebanese" tv comercial! :P

lets say hezbollah keep building without permits, would the lebanese government then have the right to say "oh hey we need to move you and rebuild", hezbollah would NEVER allow this! without causing trouble anyway.
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What i dont understand is how vcan they sign over there deeds when allot of the buildings are illegal..They dont have legal deeds..Allot of the land was owned by the goverment
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What i dont understand is how vcan they sign over there deeds when allot of the buildings are illegal..They dont have legal deeds..Allot of the land was owned by the goverment
That's true. HA should pay the government . Can you imagine that?
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Old May 29th, 2007, 10:12 AM   #17
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the gov't should act NOW and not let hizballa rebuild the Dahiye, the only way to regain control of that area is if the gov't rebuilds it
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If they Block them it will turn very bloody..and the people would be even more alientated against the goverment..They should tell HZ that they will give them a 50-99 year lease on the land to build..and the apt would be allowed to be used for the same period.
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Putting Haret Hreik back together again


International and Lebanese architecture and design experts square off with Hezbollah’s plans to rebuild the Dahiyeh


Hanin Ghaddar, NOW Staff , June 27, 2007




Lebanese men salvage some of their belonging from the wreckage of their flatted apartment in Haret Hreik, south of Beirut, 26 August 2006. (AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO)


Since the late 1980s, Hezbollah has established itself as the most powerful party in the Dahiyeh. With NGOs, think-tanks, and a police force of its own, Hezbollah controls all of the political and planning decisions of the “southern suburbs,” which are home to around 500,000 people, almost one-third of Beirut’s population. Despite its large number of residents, however, the Dahiyeh has always been somewhat isolated from much of Beirut – a problem many would like to see remedied through better urban planning as the district is rebuilt.

During the 2006 summer war, Haret Hreik – the .08 square mile heart of the Dahiyeh – was mostly reduced to rubble. Some 265 residential, commercial, and office buildings were destroyed or severely damaged, 3,119 housing units and 1,610 commercial units were demolished, and over 20,000 residents lost their homes, according to the Haret Hreik-Reconstruction Unit report, recently published by the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.

Map: Analysis: Land Use Before Summer 2006

Today, the buildings of Haret Hreik are swathed in huge banners, including one showing a graphic of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah raising his hand over the text, “It’s going to come back more beautiful than it was. That’s a promise from the honest Secretary-General.”

The idea of making the Dahiyeh a better place to live occurred to others as well. In the aftermath of the summer war, the AUB Reconstruction Unit was formed to propose alternative visions for the reconstruction of Haret Hreik. Their report, entitled “The Reconstruction of Haret Hreik: Design Options for Improving the Livability of the Neighborhood” treated Haret Hreik as though it were any other residential neighborhood in the capital – an integral part of Beirut rather than the privileged territory of one party. But despite the report’s various suggestions for improving the livability of the neighborhood and Hezbollah’s promises of a new, more beautiful Dahiyeh, it seems that security concerns and greater questions of the balance of power between Lebanese factions have prompted the party to sacrifice much of Haret Hreik’s potential in order to preserve its social and political hegemony over southern Beirut.

For the reconstruction project, Hezbollah has created a brand-new foundation – Al-Waad Al-Sadiq. Al-Waad Al-Sadiq means “the faithful promise,” and was also the name for the Hezbollah kidnapping operation last July which sparked the summer war. Waad, as an organization, is closely linked to the reconstruction arm of Hezbollah’s “Jihad al-Bina,” an NGO that has long assisted residents of the South and the Dahiyeh in rebuilding after Israeli aggressions. The foundation manages construction and oversees subcontracting jobs in southern suburbs.

Engineer Hassan Said Jeshi, the general director of Waad, told NOW Lebanon that their plan is first and foremost concerned with preserving the social fabric of the area. “The reconstruction process,” he said, “is therefore trying to keep the neighborhood as it was, without changing the location of the buildings.” But, he said, the quality of the buildings will be better. According to the plan, there will be modernized building exteriors, additional underground parking, modernized kitchens, new green spaces and playgrounds.





Directly after the war, Waad provided the residents with two choices: to either (1) rebuild their own apartments or (2) let Hezbollah assume responsibility for the reconstruction. “And the vast majority of the residents decided to deliver the reconstruction responsibility to Waad, knowing that they could trust us with their property,” said Jeshi. Residents and owners, then, granted Hezbollah the power of attorney over their property, which included handing over government compensation payments. And where compensation payments weren’t enough, Hezbollah, which receives most of its funding from Iran, has pledged to cover the difference.

Nonetheless, there is a sense that Hezbollah may be missing a tremendous opportunity by dismissing the report’s recommendations and plans. The report was the result of a four-day design conference held at AUB in January, attended by prominent architects, urban planners and scholars. Though they were unsuccessful in attempts to engage local stakeholders in a public debate about the reconstruction of Haret Hreik, they decided to publish the report anyway – hoping their work would provoke the debate regardless. The report contains three sets of maps showing existing conditions, analyzing neighborhood patterns, and suggesting interventions in reconstruction. The primary concern of the task team was to brainstorm alternatives for rebuilding the area – paying special attention to improving the public domain, addressing issues of public space, transportation and traffic, and population density.

According to Mona Fawwaz, the AUB Reconstruction Team’s leader, the target audience of the report was the public realm. “The state paid compensations to the private sector, while the communal space is discredited in the Waad proposal,” she said. In addition, so many families have signed everything over to Waad that Hezbollah will effectively have complete control over the reconstruction process in the Dahiyeh. And this, many people fear, means that livability and an increased interconnectivity with Beirut proper might be sacrificed for the sake of Hezbollah’s internal security.

In the end, the AUB Reconstruction Team’s concerns were simply not the same as Hezbollah’s. Jeshi told NOW Lebanon that although the AUB Reconstruction Unit’s suggestions were noteworthy, Waad cannot take them into consideration because it takes too much time to implement them. “They [AUB] want to merge properties and create public spaces that would require relocating buildings and people. All this will take time due to bureaucratic and legal processes, and we cannot afford to lose time on that. Many people are waiting to get back to their homes, and this is our first priority.”

The AUB report, however, does seem to understand and appreciate the time constraints of rebuilding, which is why, according to its editors, it focuses on three types of intervention in the public domain: (1) modifying traffic patterns by redirecting through-traffic outside the neighborhood, (2) creating a network of open and green spaces and (3) introducing a variety of parking alternatives. The portion of the report that deals with the private domain suggests alternating the massing of buildings with open areas in order to improve ventilation and lighting, and increase parking and public space in the Dahiyeh.

Map: Intervention: Proposed Traffic Scheme

Although these suggestions would take more time and energy than Waad’s approach, (Marwan Ghandour, one of the report editors and an architect at Bawader Architects, thinks that planning authorities, including Hezbollah, usually do not like to leave things unfinished but would like to have full control over the results, consequently they would like to have a full scheme that includes the public and private sector. “We did not adopt such an approach since we believe that the private domain should only be overseen by the planning authority, with minimal guidelines, while residents should be encouraged to formulate project groups together with developers and architects to reconstruct their buildings,” he added.)

In the end, the residents of Haret Hreik stand to be the primary victims of Hezbollah’s policy. However, all of Lebanon will suffer as well. There is a growing awareness that more must be done to integrate the Shia into the rest of Lebanese society. It is a process which starts with actions like paving roads in the South, rebuilding neighborhoods and towns devastated in last summer’s war, and funding schools. The Lebanese government must prove that it can function like a state, so that Hezbollah doesn’t have to. On the other hand, Hezbollah is often accused of deliberately keeping the Shia isolated. In order to genuinely serve its constituents, the party needs to learn when to step back and let others do their job.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 02:08 AM   #20
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U/C:Dahia neighbourhood

Here u can see some pics of Dahia neighbourhood in the future
http://news.walla.co.il/?w=/3850/1159964
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