Activities with the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut (OEA)
A Database for All
BBED responds to the lack of accessible data about the built environment in Lebanon’s capital city. The BUL team surveyed all 2,870 lots where building permits were filed at the OEA (1996-2019). The research team collected information about the construction status, as well as several physical, environmental, and social characteristics of these buildings. The findings were mapped and visualized. The BUL shares its findings and base maps with the OEA’s digitization unit. In addition, many of the outputs are were placed online and made available publicly in the form of a user-friendly open source downloadable databases.
The BBED online platform includes an updated base map of all buildings, parcels, quarters, and regions within Municipal Beirut with locations of known gardens and landmarks. Out of Beirut’s 18,340 mapped buildings, we identified in 2019 the construction status of 2,870 buildings permitted between 1996 and 2019. Out of the 2,870 buildings, the dataset shows ground floor usage of 1,633 residential buildings. It further shows environmental indicators from rooftop uses of 1,133 residential buildings with distributions of solar panels, rooftop landscape, and rain-water collection systems.
BBED’s Support of the OEA’s Port Blast Recovery Efforts
OEA engineers, architects, and volunteers were granted access to the BBED base map developed by BUL and CNRS before the official online launch. These base maps were used in the weekly surveys of OEA’s Beirut Explosion: Weekly Buildings’ Assessment Reports. The base map was also used by INGOs, NGOs, and governmental institutions working on post-blast recovery in the areas affected by the port blast.