7 Realities// 2 Gravities// 1 Body//

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2023-07-27
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Virginia Tech
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This thesis endeavors to comprehensively examine and elucidate the factors and challenges that have shaped the city of Beirut, Lebanon into its current state. Extensive research has shed light on numerous incidents, which can be regarded as defining moments that have imbued the city with its distinct character and identity. Among these events, the pivotal occurrence that triggered the ongoing turmoil within Beirut is the catastrophic Beirut Blast of August 4th, 2020. This incident serves as the focal point of the thesis, aiming to foster unity while embracing the city's authenticity and showcasing the visible wounds through architectural expressions. It represents a conscious acknowledgment of the past as a means to propel transformation and shape the future.

The thesis project presents seven distinct scenarios, each encapsulating a significant dichotomy in Beirut's history and its enduring impact on the city's present. The objective is to cultivate a considerate architecture that not only serves the needs of the population but also respects and nurtures the surrounding natural environment. By revitalizing and promoting biodiversity in both aquatic and terrestrial realms, an attempt is made to establish a dialogue between the city and the site of the catastrophe. This dialogue serves as a platform for reconciliation, paving the way for Lebanon's long-term welfare. The envisioned spaces encompass public areas, educational facilities, and spaces for healing, effectively becoming sanctuaries that hold multifaceted significance. These architectural interventions aspire to provide value that extends beyond mere physical structures, enhancing the overall fabric of the city.

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Blast, Rebirth, Biodiversity, Underwater, Life, Biotechnology, Beirut, changing landscapes
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