Crafting futures in Lebanese refugee camps

The case of Burj El Barajneh Palestinian camp

  • Helen Avery Lund University
  • Nihal Halimeh Lebanese American University, Architecture and Design


The initiative at the Burj El Barajneh camp is run by a network of local associations and aims at improving living conditions, services, infrastructure and livelihoods for the inhabitants. Burj El Barajneh has a large number of active associations and many highly educated professionals. However, in this complex hyperdense context, any kind of change needs to be carefully considered; there are no simple recipes, and existing professional expertise does not necessarily match the specific conditions of the locality. By working with collective design and collaboration between the camp's inhabitants, it becomes possible to envisage larger coordinated efforts and to solve issues that remain blocked at an individual level.


Helen Avery, Lund University
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, researcher
Nihal Halimeh, Lebanese American University, Architecture and Design

Architect, Co-founder of collective architects in Burj El Barajneh Camp

Hvordan referere
Avery, H., & Halimeh, N. (2019). Crafting futures in Lebanese refugee camps. FormAkademisk - forskningstidsskrift for design og designdidaktikk, 12(2).