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The Reconstructions Of Beirut

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Beirut has successively been seen as the icon of the war-destroyed city, the paradigmatic case of &t;urbicide&t; and then as the symbol of a city's rebirth through the reconstruction of its city centre, praised in real estate journals and sold as a booming touristic destination to natives of the Arabo-Persian Gulf. Our entry point in this paper is the physical reconstruction of the city, as a way to highlight reconstruction in its broader meaning. Understanding Beirut's reconstructions first requires a brief overview of the history of transformations in the Lebanese capital city before 1975. The better-known and substantially realized first project is discussed later. The creation of the SOLIDERE company as sole redeveloper of the partly war-destroyed central district of Beirut has been greatly publicized from the time of the controversies before its inception.

Keywords: 1975; Arabo-Persian Gulf; Beirut; Lebanese; reconstructions; SOLIDERE



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