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Rafael Moneo's Beirut Souks Explored in Photographs by Bahaa Ghoussainy

08:00 - 14 May, 2018
Rafael Moneo's Beirut Souks Explored in Photographs by Bahaa Ghoussainy, © Bahaa Ghoussainy
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When Spanish architect Rafael Moneo won the Pritzker Prize in 1996, the jury identified his ability to see buildings as lasting built entities—their lives extending beyond architectural drawings—as integral to his success. The South Souks, Moneo’s 2009 project in Beirut, Lebanon, indeed responds to a long history and anticipates a lasting future. After the city’s historic souq (outdoor marketplace) was destroyed during the Lebanese Civil War, developer Solidere began rebuilding the commercial area in 1991. As part of the project, Moneo designed an arcaded shopping district that follows the ancient Hellenistic grid and retains original street names.

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