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Two children play together on a large swing, which hangs from a blue-painted metal bar protruding from a concrete block.One proposal explores possibilities for a development that combines public and private interests. Drawn in a cartoon style, the design boards feature quotes from people discussing the importance of public space and suggestions for how Dalieh could be useful to the community. Architect Abir Saksouk, a member of the campaign and part of the competition's steering committee, explained that the intention was never to generate proposals designed to be adopted by the private developers.Instead, she said, it aimed to encourage a collaborative spirit among local architects, landscape architects, urbanists and planners; to explore Dalieh's importance as a public meeting point, used by a broad cross section of people from various social backgrounds; and to stimulate debate about issues such as public and private space and coastal access in Beirut. These include stipulations stating that at least 25 percent of the site must remain open to the public and that the public must have access to the sea.Diverse as the entries are, Saksouk says that certain shared characteristics emerged.GroupMed is one of several companies affiliated with the Hariri family that together own roughly 90 percent of the site.
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