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Post-traumatic Urbanism

A project for the Mediterranean Union

On 13 July 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed a plan for the creation of a union made up of the all the littoral nations of the Mediterranean.

A key part of this proposal would be the creation of a high-speed rail (HSR) line running along the shore of the Mediterranean basin, the infrastructure loop would take in 21 separate states, four time zones and seven major seas and connect the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe.

This proposal recognises the current state of Beirut is in constant fluxes, with little to anchor it down. The project proposes a series of corridors distributed over the site at specific moments that engage the existing city of Beirut. It challenges the definition and role of a monument in an urban context and its ability to stabilise change in a politically complex state.

Collaborated with Farnaz Abedinejad Christiane Whiteley