Beirut is Booming

The booming real estate market in Beirut is causing the rapid disappearance of the city's history, says Guardian critic Deen Sharp.
April 2, 2010, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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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.

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Published on Thursday, April 1, 2010 in The Guardian U.K.
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