Chekka cement factory and quarries, Feb. 4, 2018. (The Daily Star/Joseph Haboush)
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Residents of Chekka and the surrounding areas have complained for years about the environmental and health effects of the region's cement factories and quarries, many of them unlicensed.Now a group of urban planners and engineers, along with the municipalities of the region, are aiming to present an alternative vision.Public Works Studio, a collective of architects, graphic designers and urban planners; in collaboration with the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut and Tripoli, and under the patronage of the Union of Koura Municipalities, launched a competition Monday encouraging teams of experts to propose alternative land use and economic plans for the area.
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