A BREAK INTO THE OCEAN

dana nassour

All neighbourhoods change as they go through a typical lifecycle process of growth stability decline and renewal. For many years Beirut’s Badaro’s Street was known as the beating heart of the city. Badaro became a trendy neighbourhood over the past decade, attracting middle class people, then due to its proximity to green line during the civil war it became a no man’s land. Gentrification occurred also on many levels which shifted the type of commerce from small, neighbourhood scale commerce to luxurious and high end.
This plot will be an opportunity to bring life back Badaro , by creating a destination area that is affordable for everyone, that has qualitative public spaces, and is integrated in the neighbourhood scale by creating a market strip and a residential project. Markets are vital canters of social and community life where people would meet and exchange not only goods but information.

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