Bourj Al Shamali refugee camp in south Lebanon was opened in 1948 as a temporary shelter for Palestinian refugees coming from north Palestine, now Israel. Sixty years later, it has taken on the air of an overcrowded, unplanned, permanent city, with five times the original inhabitants occupying the original site, under the jurisdiction of the UN.
Bourj Al Shamali is currently going through quite a particular and inspiring political moment with a new local committee that is independent and has no political affiliations, currently working to involve numerous people around the camp in collective work to improve daily aspects of life in the camp. One of their main objectives is to green the camp, and it is in this area that this chapter seeks to support the local community.
- Claudia Martinez Mansell
- Firas Ismail
- Mustapha Dakhloul
- Mahmoud Al Joumma, "Abu Wassim"
- Amal Al Saeid
STARTING-UP: An initiative to install green energy to power nighttime lighting in the narrow winding streets for community safety.
ONGOING: With the local committee and Al Houla Association, we are currently working on the creation of the first public green space in the camp, in conjunction with the launch of a pilot urban agriculture initiative for the camp's residents. The first step in this process involved balloon mapping the camp and identifying locations within the overcrowded camp.
|How can we build this wind turbine to power lights?||@liz||21 days ago||0||3|
|Exhibition and Mapping Workshops in Bourj Al Shamali||@firas||over 2 years ago||5||5|
|Public Lab Community Newsletter: December 2016||@klie||almost 3 years ago||3||0|
|How useful is a map?||@clauds||almost 3 years ago||5||0|
|Balloon mapping images as a way to explain life in a refugee camp||@Mustapha||about 3 years ago||5||2|
|Camp Code: How to navigate a refugee settlement||@clauds||over 3 years ago||3||1|
|A Public Lab Chapter in Bourj Al Shamali?||@clauds||about 4 years ago||3||0|
|Community Mapping to Reevaluate Space in a Refugee Camp||@gretchengehrke||about 4 years ago||2||0|
|Lessons from mapping Bourj Al Shamali refugee camp in Lebanon||@clauds||about 4 years ago||12||11|
Activities we've done:
|Make or buy a balloon mapping kit||build||complete||@liz||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Host a balloon mapping workshop||-||-||@liz||-||-||37 replications: Try it »|
|Use a rubber band and knotted string to trigger a camera||build||complete||@mathew||15m||easy||0 replications: Try it »|
|Calculate how much helium you'll need to lift your camera||-||-||@liz||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Choose a camera for aerial photography||-||-||@liz||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|How to decide on a tool for mapping||-||-||@stevie||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Choose a way to make your camera take pictures continuously||-||-||@liz||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.