LIVE LOVE BEIRUT
50min documentary (aljazeera)
About what the ‘governement’ and ‘public agencies’ in Lebanon allow to happen (or not) on public land, especially the coast, supposed to be strictly regulated by land laws and land use quotas
from INURA (international Network for Urban Research and Action)
Based on a Master Plan which optimizes the site’s natural assets and draws an its rich heritage, the project aims at creating a modern district spreading over 108 million sqm of land, one third reclaimed from the sea, and offering a mix of facilities totaling 4.69 million sqm of floor space. The reconstruction and development company of the central district promotes that the plan respected the main natural feature and typography of the site by maximizing views on th sea and surroundinf landscape, on the contrary the people of the city consider it a harsh devastation of the urban morphology of the city.
Qatar university in Doha.
Built in 1985 by the Egyptian architect Kamal El Kafrawi
"In a case like this it’s very hard to decide whether the ruin should be demolished or restored. And if restored, which program is going to be applied. Either way something will get lost in the process of planning. Except if there is a way to inherit a program for classless public needs and a subtle and rough design approach to apply the new program on the site. Because fact is: a rising city like Beirut won’t be able to keep abandoned spots in the downtown area like The Egg untouched for much longer."