The many layers of Beirut... Keeping the city in deep contrasts

Overpass
Overpass

The Forgotten Parts... serve only to connect different parts of the city

Reinventing a City
Reinventing a City

Drastic difference in the cityscape... between the high end and the forgotten parts of Beirut.

The Era
The Era

Typical 1970s Architecture in Beirut. Used to be a hotel at Beirut's once trendy hotel district. What survived the war, post war developments made sure to wipe it out. The building no longer exists.

Declining Economy
Declining Economy

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 serving the high-end hotels.

Artificial Recovery
Artificial Recovery

A project was launched by an NGO called Help Lebanon. The goal was to paint the buildings of one of Beirut's poorest neighborhoods.

Vanishing Communities
Vanishing Communities

The new or as some refer to it "progress" forcing older communities to be wiped out of Beirut's future.

Pressure
Pressure

With all the pressure, the city continues to evolve between the new, the old and life

Struggles Going - on - and - on
Struggles Going - on - and - on

The site that marked the renewed and the escalating segregation in the city! The Hariri Memorial site

A Stronger Past
A Stronger Past

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 of the people!

Layers of Civilizations
Layers of Civilizations

Discovered during the reconstruction of downtown Beirut... the old Roman ruins are everywhere under Beirut's Central District

Arab Spring
Arab Spring

Some wanted to believe it originated from Beirut! Do they still call it a spring?

Old Tenants
Old Tenants

Who to blame the law or the economy? Owners or tenants? Longs stories and no real solution

Inheritance
Inheritance

Between the war years and afterwards... who owns buildings

Disney-fying a City
Disney-fying a City

Renovating buildings in the central district of Beirut, without preserving and retaining the culture... ending up with a fantasy land like city center

Density
Density

No space, no planning, just urban sprawl everywhere... Beirut is today!

Whose Beirut
Whose Beirut

In this image... the Holiday Inn Hotel still stands as the only sing of what this area went through!