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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53424
Doc. No:TL23378
Call number:‭MR43761‬
Main Entry:Farid J. Noufaily
Title & Author:House of reconciliationFarid J. Noufaily
College:University of Waterloo (Canada)
Date:2008
Degree:M.Arch.
student score:2008
Page No:213
Abstract:The Ta'if Agreement signed on October 22, 1989 marked the beginning of the end of the divisive and destructive Lebanese Civil War that had raged since 1975. The civil war was finally ended in March 1991, when the new Lebanese Parliament enacted the General Amnesty Law that stated there were to be no victors and no victims in the war ( la ghalib le maghlub ). Unfortunately, this law allowed the Lebanese people to turn a blind eye to the ugly truths of the war, and it ushered in an era of uneasy silence in Lebanon. Today, as Lebanon's political battle for independence and a unified national identity continues, there is still no government-supported attempt to break this public silence. I believe that this legislated lack of collective/public self-expression has rendered both the local--and the Diaspora populations incapable of reconciliation with their traumatic past, and unable to forge a brighter future. This thesis investigates the unrelenting silence permeating every layer of Lebanese society today and proposes architectural solutions that may help to break the silence and thus reconcile Lebanese to their past. The core of this study consists of three architectural interventions aimed at breaching this silence. These are put into context through historical analysis, family interviews, photographs, maps, illustrations, and other documents drawn from first person experience, as well as personal narratives of field research to Beirut conducted by the author in the fall of 2005. As such, this thesis probes not just the public--but also a personal struggle to overcome Lebanon's silence. There can be no reconciliation based on silence.
Subject:Communication and the arts; Architecture; 0729:Architecture
Added Entry:University of Waterloo (Canada)