The first stage of the restoration and redevelopment of Beirut's war-damaged, 185 hectare city centre has been completed. Over nine years, the private-public company, Solidere, has carried out residential, office, retail and hotel projects as well as restoring 265 salvaged buildings and 26 public and religious buildings. Emphasis on thorough planning, urban design and development control has led to the model influencing many planning projects in Lebanon.
Abed, Jamal. Notes on the Art of Selling Cities: Urban Design Strategies in the New Downtown Beirut. 2004. In Architecture Re-introduced: New Projects in Societies in Change. Jamal Abed (ed). Geneva: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Regional seminar organised by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture held in the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut in November 1999.