Beirut is Booming
One of the few buildings left from an avant garde architecture movement in Lebanon, "The Egg" by Lebanese architect Joseph-Philippe Karam is in danger of being demolished by the wave of Dubai-like skyscraper construction across Beirut.
Sharp writes, "The Egg is at the centre of a battle over the future of Beirut and the type of city it should become. Beirut has a wonderful and prolific architectural heritage, as does Lebanon as a whole. Although the city has been plagued by successive urban planning failures, a quality urban fabric of Ottoman and French colonial-style buildings did establish itself."
Sharp warns that that history, and the modern architecture movement that followed, could soon be gone and is worthy of preservation.