TRIPOLI, LIBYA, 2005
This notable competition centered around the comprehensive re-planning of the illustrious Tripoli coastline securing a commendable third place. This monumental undertaking entailed months of unwavering dedication, encompassing an array of activities ranging from meticulous site surveys and in-depth analyses at various strategic points to address the prevailing challenges. Despite the inherent limitations imposed by the presence of the venerable old city town, the collaborative efforts of the visionary team spawned a profusion of novel ideas that effectively tackled approximately 90% of the persisting traffic predicaments along the coastline adjacent to downtown Tripoli. Undeterred by the complexities of the task, the team harnessed their collective expertise to engineer innovative solutions that eased the congested thoroughfares, thus breathing new life into the pulsating heart of the city.
Embracing a holistic approach, the planning process predominantly prioritized the integration of verdant elements, channeling attention towards the creation of expansive open urban spaces that imbued the historical cityscape with an invigorating sense of vitality. Furthermore, a meticulously crafted blueprint materialized, culminating in the design and realization of contemporary structures adorning the coastline, while simultaneously breathing fresh vitality into the erstwhile port area, which had since been relocated to a different locale.
With the perpetual gridlock plaguing the region serving as a catalyst, the architectural focus revolved around the infusion of lush greenery and other environmentally conscious features, fostering an ambiance of rejuvenation, allowing the historic city to inhale deeply and flourish anew. Within the transformed landscape, a harmonious amalgamation of new edifices emerged, occupying the once bustling port vicinity, which now showcased a resplendent exposition center, a thriving yacht center, and an array of bustling commercial establishments.
Undeniably, the preservation of Tripoli's rich historical heritage remained a paramount concern throughout the endeavor. Careful deliberation went into planning a meticulously restored historical fish market, which stood steadfastly in its original location, paying homage to the capital city's cherished historical landmarks, while tastefully blending with the overarching vision of urban rejuvenation.
In essence, the competition was a testament to the remarkable amalgamation of innovative thinking, meticulous planning, and an unwavering commitment to preserving the city's legacy. The resultant transformation witnessed the seamless coexistence of modernity and heritage, breathing new life into Tripoli's coastal expanse, and instilling a renewed sense of pride within its vibrant inhabitants.
Area: 120 hectares within 8.1 Km (5 miles) of Tripoli coastline.
Type of Work: Teamwork with the Engineering Design Group.
Lasafer's part: Planning and developing solutions to congestion problems and designing new buildings.