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The Fall, Rise & Fall Of Beirut

Friday, August 4, 2006

Planning Model for BeirutI want to point you towards a great article from last Sunday’s Toronto Star by Christopher Hume; it’s about the reconstruction of central Beirut, Lebanon following that country’s civil war of 1975-1990. The project has become one of the high water-marks for urban-planning theory and renewal, turning what was a war-torn and dilapidated city into a thriving Mediterranean port which can once again lay proper claim to its nickname ‘The Paris of the Middle East.’ It’s hard to know at the moment how much of a setback the latest bombings will be on the city and on this project; hopefully there will be a cessation of hostilities soon so the rebuilding process — both of the city and the lives lived within it — can begin anew.

Official site for the Beirut Central District construction project

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