The many layers of Beirut... Keeping the city in deep contrasts. It is Contested Beirut
A project was launched by an NGO called Help Lebanon.
The goal was to paint the buildings of one of Beirut's poorest neighborhoods.
Typical 1970s Architecture in Beirut. Used to be a hotel at Beirut's once trendy hotel district.
The building no longer exists.
Once a hotel in what was known as Beirut's hotel district, before the civil war.
Today the building is home for migrant workers and apparently the prostitutes that work in Beirut's red-light district.
In Martyr Square an old wall of a destroyed church, against a renovated church in the background.
The haunting memory of the civil war is still present, less within the urban landscape, more within the memories.
Between the war years and afterwards... who owns many buildings, long stories and only greed makes sure to take full advantage.
Modernity or as some refer to it "progress" forcing older communities to be wiped out of Beirut's future.
The site that marked the renewed and the escalating segregation in the city! The Hariri Memorial site
Discovered during the reconstruction of downtown Beirut... the old Roman ruins are everywhere under Beirut's Central District, sometimes purposely neglected it seems, other times quickly wiping them out... yes to make room for ugly towers!
Renovating buildings in the central district of Beirut, without preserving and retaining the culture... ending up with a fantasy land like city center