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At the edge of the Maarad, in one of the few buildings still in use, a bustling conference hall hosts hundreds of people. Boards around the space display architectural plans -- designs aspiring to rejuvenate Niemeyer's space. In February this year, the Tripoli Special Economic Zone authority launched an international competition to design a Knowledge and Innovation Center within the Maarad.The TSEZ authority has now selected a winning design from the 111 proposals submitted by local and international architects.Fighting to preserve the site since Niemeyer died in 2012, Naghi has been organizing a string of local, national and international events meant to garner attention for the need to preserve the site.George Arbid, director of the Arab Center for Architecture, who works to protect Lebanon's modernist buildings, also places high importance on the rehabilitation of the existing structures. However, Arbid proposes that the reconditioning of the all the existing structures should have taken precedence over a competition to build new ones. De Pous also criticized the sustainability credentials of the design, saying the building should have worked to preserve the biodiversity of the site.
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