QUESTIONS

How did a multicultural, prosperous metropolis like Beirut go from peace to violence, from cosmopolitanism and openness to sectarianism and segregation?

 

Ruins of the Hotel Pacific, Rustom Pacha Street, 2011.

Ruins of the Hotel Pacific, Rustom Pacha Street, 2011.

Where did Beirut’s cosmopolitanism turn into violence? What does the geography of this violent turn look like?

 

Reuins of Quo Vadis Restaurant, Phoenicia Street, 2011.

Ruins of Quo Vadis Restaurant, Phoenicia Street, 2011.

Beirut has experienced both cosmopolitanism and its opposite: how to make sense of this double presence?

Ruins fo the Hotel Excelsior next to the functioning Palm Beach Hotel. Phoenicia Street, 2011.

Ruins fo the Hotel Excelsior next to the functioning Palm Beach Hotel. Phoenicia Street, 2010.

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