In the eye of the storm
My interest in buildings with visible scars let me to start this project. I belief that buildings embody what we experience as human beings, and help us to relate to those experiences. Buildings with scars hold the power to communicate the stories of the past. Especially in war-damaged cities, it can be an added value to reveal a difficult history through the built environment. Unfortunately the destruction of buildings and cities is very present in several countries in the middle-east region, like Aleppo in Syria, Sanaa in Yemen and Mosul in Iraq. The future task for architects is to reconstruct and rebuild these cities.
Within the region of the middle-east, the tiny country Lebanon can be seen as an old master of reconstruction. After fifteen years of civil war, large parts of the capitol Beirut were severely damaged. Thirty years later we can study the successes and failures of this reconstruction.