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Refugees, Resiliency, and Public Space: The BSA Syria Initiative 2.0

June 11, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

Refugees, Resiliency, and Public Space: The BSA Syria Initiative 2.0

This second phase of Refugees, Resilience, and Public Space: The Syria Initiative aims to address a need for child-focused public space facilities to help improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon and Turkey. It is also partnering with local nonprofits to create child-focused public spaces to improve the quality of life for underserved communities in Boston, too.

In this extended charrette, interdisciplinary teams of designers—landscape architects, architects, sculptors, engineers, and others -- are creating initial concepts for these three different sites and communities.

Please join to see concept presentations and discuss the design ideas.

Students to seasoned professionals, technical experts to interested citizens, ALL ARE WELCOME. If you're interested but can't participate Monday evening, there's a ticket for just the mailing list, too.

RSVP & mailing list sign-up here: https://syriacharrettepresentations.eventbrite.com.

Co-sponsored by Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Boston Society of Architects, & BSA Foundation.

For questions about the initiative, please contact Gretchen at chapteroffice@bslanow.org.


The initiative is a collaboration of design professionals and students in Beirut and Boston, in partnership with the Karam Foundation and the Kayany Foundation, organized locally by the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. This second phase of The Syria Project builds on the successful completion of the playground constructed in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon earlier this year (photo above); a result of a collaborative international design initiative launched here in 2016.

These issues are not experienced only overseas: In this second phase, we will also collaborate with a local community-based nonprofit in the design of a new play space to engage immigrant families in a Boston neighborhood.

For more information, visit the BSA Syria Initiative.

Image courtesy of Layal Merhi.