The urbanization of the populated Lebanese centers, along with the urgent requirement to provide homes and services for local people, immigrants and war refugees, altered the appearance of the historic center of many cities, damaging the historic public buildings and gravely threatening their survival. Affecting the direction of the rapid urbanization is a permanent conflict, between the creation of a new, post-modern cultural identity and the promotion of traditional architecture as a tentative way to establish new connections with the Lebanese historical heritage. Traditional culture and ancient architectural constructions are the results of historical processes and the products of the Lebanese society that need to be preserved and transmitted to future generations. Understanding the past is an indispensable tool for the comprehension of the Lebanese society. How can we preserve the values of the Lebanese heritage and transfer them to the future in building up the new country identity? The paper presents research conducted at the Lebanese American University School of Architecture and Interior Design by assessing the values of Lebanese heritage to be transferred to future generations.
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