Libnany- Future Heritage| Issue 1
Department of Design students at the Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design (FAAD), Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), presented their heritage-inspired design proposals, as part of the their Fall 2017 curriculum graduate program.
The theme was: “How can heritage be valued and reconsidered in the Lebanese context? How can people, identities, practices, and expressions be engaged in design and technology?”
Students chose to work on this project as part of their Fall 2017 curriculum in the MAD 627 course titled, “Design Studio II,” instructed by Dr. Tarek Khoury.
The project’s main objective is to reflect Lebanon’s cultural heritage and stress on the importance of people’s participation and engagement in order to design tools to respect and develop local identity, to take advantage of the cultural context that the territorial system expresses, and to suggest how place identity can inform new design that will build community.
What we may value as Lebanese in the future? As opposed to retrospective logic of preserving what value we have inherited from the past?
This leads to a questioning of boundaries between official and unofficial heritage, reshaping and creating new relations, and outlining the model of living heritage as part of our present-day existence.