ATB will be discovering Beirut from a historical / architectural / planning (or lack thereof) perspective with Jana.
The tour revisits the historical social, political and economic contexts that contributed to the creation of the built environment of Beirut. The tour explores the city’s transformation through its most significant buildings, following a narrative of planning practices -or the lack thereof- that transformed Beirut throughout history. The narrative goes back and forth through different époques/eras of history starting with the wall and early expansions of the city in the mid 1800’s, exploring how 1 decade of Egyptian rule changed the city’s dynamic for the next half-a-century to come. From there we will be jumping from Ottoman modernization plans to French colonial aspiration. We will take a road with an Ottoman style palace on one side and Roman bath ruins on the other while imagining ourselves in New York. Then we spearhead into the 1950’s and 1960’s, passing by some the latest contemporary works of world class architects.
Jana Haidar is a graduate of architecture from the Lebanese University. Her interest in discovering places from quirky angles lead her to a career in urban research, trouble with the police, and to developing the Beirut architectural tour, where she likes to revisit the historical contexts of the present built environment.
Meeting point: In front of the Le Gray Hotel in Downtown.
Price: 30,000LL (20 USD) per person
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