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An Approach to an "Authentic Lebanese Architecture"

Yassine, Nariz al Shanty and Russell, Jenny (2015) An Approach to an "Authentic Lebanese Architecture". In: Sharing Cultures 2015: The 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage, Lagos, Portugal. Greenlines Institute for Sustainable Development. 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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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.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:lebanese architecture, cultural identity, authenticity
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > The Belfast School of Architecture
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Art, Conflict and Society
ID Code:33451
Deposited By: Dr Jenny Russell
Deposited On:23 Mar 2016 15:26
Last Modified:23 Mar 2016 15:26

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