Crafting Futures in Lebanese Refugee Camps: The Case of Burj El Barajneh Palestinian Camp

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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 kind of 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.


External organisations
  • Lebanese American University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Design
  • Social and Economic Geography


  • systemic design, architecture, refugee camps, Lebanon, livelihoods, sustainable models, collective design
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch