An Approach to an "Authentic Lebanese Architecture"

Nariz al Shanty Yassine, Jenny Russell

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    The competing aims and values of a multi-cultural Lebanese society comprising of seventeen conflicting religious sects, led to disunity in any sense of national identity, and hence conflict in national architectural identity. This resulted in a polluted and biased canon of authentic "Leba-nese architecture" which presented this concept as dialectic and controversial between the con-flicting groups. Authentic architecture is the socio-cultural interaction that is focussed on the creation of a local identity (Niskasaari, 2008) that reflects social norms, values and beliefs. This paper inves-tigates if, despite a polluted canon, authenticity exists in Lebanese architectural styles. It will present an approach to define a new canon of authentic "Lebanese architecture" by investigating the opinions of the marginal cultures, as opposed to the views of the associate professions, in order to consider an unpoliticized view of architectural identity and to achieve an agreeable Le-banese style which may be sustained for future generations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    PublisherGreen Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-989-8734-08-2
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 21 Sept 2015
    EventSharing Cultures 2015: The 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage - Lagos, Portugal
    Duration: 21 Sept 2015 → …


    ConferenceSharing Cultures 2015: The 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage
    Period21/09/15 → …


    • lebanese architecture
    • cultural identity
    • authenticity


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