The Canon of "Lebanese Architectural Identity"

By Nariz Al Shanti Yassine and Jenny Russell.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Lebanon is a case of conflicting multi-cultural society: each sect with its own architectural identity. The desire to establish a unified national architectural identity, “a Lebanese architectural canon,” arose following independence and the birth of Lebanon as a nation in 1943. However, in defining architectural identity, opinions varied among those of different religious belongings. This article will introduce the polluted canon of “Lebanese architecture,” which has been the result of a continued, conflicting Lebanese society. Moreover, it will seek to construct an alternative approach to define a new canon of “Lebanese architecture,” seeking the point of view of the different Lebanese marginal cultures, as opposed to the professionals and scholars, thus de-politicizing the issue of architectural identity. This new approach will help in establishing a shared local architectural canon that can be a tool used to strengthen the sense of local belonging and boost social solidarity.

Keywords: Lebanese Architecture, Marginal Cultures, Social Solidarity

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 14, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 753.328KB)).

Dr. Nariz Al Shanti Yassine

Independent Scholar, Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Jenny Russell

Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Design, and the Built Environment, School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast, UK