The jury held its official deliberation on Saturday 30 May 2015 at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut.
The jury members included Jad Chaaban (AUB); Habib Debs (URBI); Marwan Ghandour (Iowa State University); Hans Kienle (University of Stuttgart); Jala Makhzoumi (AUB); Nizar Saghieh (Legal Agenda); Jad Tabet (URBI, UNESCO); Andreja Tutundzic (IFLA); as well as deputy jurors Wafa Charafeddine (CDR) and Mona Harb (AUB).
The jury unanimously elected Jad Tabet, an architect, urban planner and member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, as chair. Deputy jury members were given the right to vote through a unanimous vote. The chair announced that all twenty submitted entries were accepted based on respecting the criteria of anonymity, and submission of materials within the timeframe.
Following the review of all entries, the jury members agreed to retain any entry that received a minimum of one vote. After two rounds of voting, seven entries were shortlisted, listed by alphanumeric order: fb, f2, 3a,5a0, 53, 6a0, and 7d.
The jury opened the floor for a discussion on the shortlisted entries with the advisory group of experts (geology, marine ecology, and archaeology), competition steering committee, and other Dalieh Campaign core members.
The final review was based on evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each submission according to the competition criteria: sensitivity to urban context; reaffirming the historical identity of Dalieh as a space for the public; functionality, flexibility, and economic feasibility; ecological and environmental sustainability; institutional framework addressing property and managerial/administrative concerns; innovation and creativity; and clarity and completeness of the submission.
Three winning entries were selected through a majority vote listed by alphanumeric order: fb, f2, 6a0.
After finalizing its selection, the jury lifted anonymity. The winning entries are:
- (Fb) The Last Resort: Amer Nabil Mohtar, Hayat Gebara, Sandy El Sabsaby
- (f2) Daliehn: Fadi Mansour, Candice Naim, Lea Helou, Ali As’ad, Roula Khoury, Scapeworks
- (6a0) Not Just About Dalieh: Adib Dada, Raya Tueny, Reine Chehayeb, Yasmina Choueiri, May Khalifeh
The shortlisted entries are: 3a, 5a0,53, 7d
- (3a) Land Integrity: Raji Khalil Ghannam, Elias AbouMrad, Joseph Chalhoub, Josiane Hindi, Dounya Saleme
- (5a0) Take it or Leave it: Mohammad Al Zein, Razane Hanna, Maha Issa, Moustapha Itani, Afaf Merhebi, Ramzi Mezher, Reem Mezher, Tamar Sarkissian
- (53) A Window on the Horizon: Hala Younes, Claude Montfort, Cynthia Garios, Nayla Geagea, Sahar Moawad, Yasmina Chami, Leen Chamlati, Bernard Kadissi
- (7d) Revealing Dalieh: a Coastal Threshold: Joanne Hayek, Antoine Atallah
Jury Comments on the Winning Schemes
fb: The Last Resort
The entry has a bold framework of intervention. It introduces social and economic activities that welcome a diversity of users. It presents a clear circuit that follows the geomorphology of the site at the interface of the two main ecological domains. Its strength is in introducing elegant, temporary, and lightweight material interventions without having a negative impact on the natural environment of the site.
The entry has a clear methodological approach that is ecologically centered. It has the potential to be used as a framework for a national park. The maps show a serious understanding of the natural and cultural layers present on the site highlighting the importance of the process over the product. The entry provides useful policy and design guidelines for future interventions.
6a0: Not Just About Dalieh
The entry has a unique vernacular landscape approach, which capitalizes on the cultural history of the site while simultaneously providing practical design interventions. The entry also introduces the role of education in shaping ecologically-sensitive social practices on the site. This pragmatic approach gives a realistic feel that can be put to use by an array of activist groups.