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Inspireli Architecture Competition to Rebuild Beirut

Inspireli Architecture Competition to Rebuild Beirut

Fully Funded
Country: Lebanon
City: Beirut
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Beirut had one of the biggest nonnuclear explosions in history with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake fueled by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in warehouse-12 at the port. Aside from the mass destruction caused by this explosion, at least 204 people were killed and 6,500 were injured.

In this competition, students from all over the world are invited to rethink the future port of Beirut that will be rebuilt and invested under F.D.B.O.T (Finance, Design, Built, Operate, and transfer).

The winners of this competition will have the chance to be part of setting the requirements with the Lebanese authorities and therefore part of rebuilding the port.

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The challenge for the participants is to plan by raising the question of how to exploit the very expensive lands for the benefit of fostering the economy and commerce as well as restoring the indispensable storage area and the essential port functions.

Also, the government of Kuwait has offered their donations to construct a new one considering that the last surviving piece of architecture (initially built by a Czech architect) has now become the symbolic landmark of this incident. Yet, a silos building is significantly recommended and needed in this area.

One of the main weightiness in the current competition is to ensure that the memory of the lost souls is protuberant inviting the public to commemorate their beloved ones in a memorial area.


The port needs to operate flawlessly with the seven main operational areas:

  1. The container terminal
  2. the empty container zone
  3. the general/conventional cargo zone
  4. the building of the silo
  5. the free zone
  6. the passenger terminal
  7. the existing port administration with its parking.

Aside from the mandatory program, students have the freedom to propose supplementary programs.

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Competition Rules:

  • Participants must submit at least two A1 (594 x 841 mm) horizontal or vertical layout, and upload a maximum of four boards to the INSPIRELI competition website.
  • You must also choose a slogan or title for your project.
  • Participants should include the information in the panel that will be necessary to understand the project
  • The project should be understandable mainly through the artwork. You can include text in the sheet.
  • Together with the A1 panel, participants must include a written description and justificationof the proposal no longer than 700 words with technical information with a maximum capacity of 400 words on the lnspireli website following a particular link.
  • All the written work must be in English.


There will be 1st Price Lebanese Winner and 1st Price, international winner, along with 2nd and 3rd place as well as 20 special mentions. Winning projects will participate in rebuilding the port of Beirut under F.D.B.O.T along with
financial prices, certificates, and international mentions in the biggest architectural platforms in the world.

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Financial prices:

  1. Lebanese winner of the first prize: 1.500€
  2. International winner of the first prize: 1.500€
  3.  Second prize: 1000€
  4. Third prize: 700€
  5. People’s choice award prize: 300€


The competition is open only to students of architecture and related disciplines(urban planning, economics/ sociology). Under no circumstances may judges, organisations or persons directly connected with the jury of the final participant in this competition.

Moreover, the works of students from countries hostile to Lebanon are ineligible to enter the competition.



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline14 July,2022
Open toarchitect Students
OrganizerINSPIRELI AWARDS Department of Architecture at CVUT
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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