bar elias playground improvements


refugee school support in lebanon

In 2016, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) asked, “what roles can design—and designers—play in aiding displaced populations of the Syrian refugee crisis?” In response to this question, The BSA established the Syria Initiative for Refugee Children.


The BSA Syria Initiative aims to address a need for child-focused public space in an effort to improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon. The initiative is a collaboration of design professionals and students in Beirut and Boston, in partnership with the Karam Foundation, the fiscal agent, and SAWA for Development and Aid, the local NGO on the ground in Lebanon.

In the spring of 2018, we completed our pilot playground at a camp in Bar Elias, Lebanon and are currently working on two other projects in the region.

The pilot project in Bar Elias has since undergone a post-occupancy evaluation and while it is up and running, and has created great excitement in the community, it needs safety and functionality improvements. We are working with SAWA to implement these necessary changes.