Placemaking is a process to stimulate and activate People around spaces and spaces around people

First round: November 2020 – November 2021

Lelkol is an online annual collective knowledge incubation Workshop for Placemaking projects in the MENA region that started in November 2020 as a response for COVID19. It was launched and supported by Œcumene Studio,   Placemaking MENA, PlacemakingMENA Platform members . 15 teams applied and 6 were selected in 5 countries: Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait and Lebanon. Actions are initiated by community members, organizations, activists and placemakers. The program is divided into 2 phases: During the first phase, 12 online workshops, 14 private tutoring sessions, field visits, interviews, participatory need assessment took place from November 2020 to February 2021. The Second Phase is ongoing and it is the period where the teams are expected to develop their projects for potential implementation.  

 للكل هي ورشة عمل احتضان عبر الإنترنت لمشاريع صناعة المواضع في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا. اعضاء  شبكة ناس و مساحات يدعمون بخبراتهم تنفيذ 6 مشاريع لوضع المواضع في لبنان والأردن والسودان ومصر و الكويت. تم بدء المشاريع من قبل أعضاء المجتمع والمنظمات المحلية

ينقسم البرنامج إلى مرحلتين. خلال الجلسة الأولى ،المرحلة الثانية مستمرة


Insaf Ben Othmane

Project Director


Project Director

Reem Bou Hamdan

Project Coordinator

Heba Elhanafy

Project Coordinator

Yara Ayoub


Karina Zouein

Project Mentor



Rania Halawi


A call for application was launched online, 15 Grassroot Action ideas have been submitted from the MENA Region, 6 selected from: Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon , Sudan and Kuwait

Grassroots Actions with strategic sites

مدينة الرحاب

A team led and launched by Billy Abo Jaoude, a Lebanese architect, Rihab is derived from rehabilitation and it is working on the forgotten treasures of the Lebanese rural village. The team is collaboratively discovering with the people of the village their needs and their own perspective of a public space in a rural area. The aim of this project is to shed light and awareness on the social and economic role of forgotten natural and historical elements of remote areas.

مساحة الحي

Launched and directed by Sara Nowar, an architect this project aims toward revitalizing the culture of public spaces in Jordan. The location of this specific project, Russeifa while being one the biggest cities in Jordan, has no inclusive and safe public spaces. Partnering with Recycling for Education NGO that has an office in the plot of an abandoned land registered as a park, the team is using the participatory approach to transform the land into an engaging, inclusive and self-sustaining public space.


Started by a group of university students, this team is working on a specific historic location of old neighborhoods in Tyr city. Focusing on creating with the community a more inclusive neighborhood, the team is exploring how to shed light on the historical aspect and at the same time be able to create elements the community can use in using the space.


Khartoum living intersections, started and directed by Tasniem Gaafar, aims to utilize the financial, social, and economic potential of cities through urban regeneration. By focusing on the potential of street intersections, Taqatuat uses placemaking to bring together communities and intrigue a sense of place attachment creating stronger connections between people and place. The outcome will then be a shared vision of the various stakeholders where people become an integral part of shaping the city and improving the surrounding environment.

حتى نرى البحر

Exploring and fighting for the right of the people to access the waterfront of Alexandria’s sea, the team is lead by the architect and urban planner Heba Al Hanafy. This group of young enthusiasts from different backgrounds believes that Alexandria’s sea waterfront is a public space to be inhabited by the people and they are using the placemaking process to rediscover, with their community, what it means to lose this space and to have it back.

حديقة الخلدية

The project is initatied by Jassim Fahad AlNashmi. It tackles the transformation of blue print urban residential garden square in Khaldya, Kuwait into a liveable, appropriated places where communities can engage into several activities including the children.