Towards a Creative Sustainable Promenade in Informal Souk Architecture - Case Study: Mar Elias Camps in Beirut, Lebanon


Informal settlement and slums are from the past decades growing continuously with urbanization, where informal souk or small market propagate informally in slums. Mainly the informal settlement is defined as residential areas where a group of housing has been constructed on land to which the occupants have an illegal claim. These informal settlement maintain few shops in unorganized way which influence the economic conditions. There are also the lack of open spaces where small alleys are mainly allocated in these informal urban fabric. The main aim is to provide a new applicable and better living condition, by providing new retails and promenade path. For that reason, this paper focuses on the principles of how movement occurs within the slums, informal settlement and the built environment, and mainly presents a case study strategy which analyze in depth interviews, group discussion with residents, records, observations and measurements of informal settlement. Moreover the paper declares that the informally created open spaces and movement paths are formed on the basis of social relation, and economic practical problems. In conclusion, an analyzed new promenade path presented as an architectural souk in informal settlement based on theories and practices on movement architecture will be declared and analyzed.


Maged Nabeel Aly Youssef

Journal/Conference Information

BAU Journal - Creative Sustainable Development ,DOI:, ISSN: 2664-9446, Volume: 1, Issue: 1, Pages Range: 1-17,