elie bachir   johnny bader

One of the most important elements of the Lebanese community is the street life: 80% of the population spends most of their time in the streets, due to traffic and overpopulation in Beirut.
This project’s two main marginalized social groups are the street vendors and the political street artists, and it embodies their presence in the past vs their present living conditions. The site is imagined as being a dark shoe box suppressing both social groups, which will eventually explode representing the rebellion against their living conditions. Four new generated types of parasites emerged with a different dominant architectural element: the main communal spaces, the live-market, the community garden and the workshops. The aim is to have a provoking mass, an idea of a fantasy: to highlight their existence. They are not hiding anymore: they are exposed and their voices are heard.

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