Beirut 2090

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Beirut Design Week is organizing a competition where graphic designers and creative people have to design a poster from the future that envisions Beirut in the year 2090. I don’t know why they chose a date 77 years from now but it would be interesting to see what the participants will come up with. One thing is for sure is that if we keep going at this current rate, we’d barely become another Dubai by 2090.

Read more about it [Here].

We are asking graphic designers and creative people of Lebanon to design a poster from the future that envisions Beirut in the year 2090.

Imagine the world in 77 years from now. What has Beirut become:

A haven of cultural renaissance and a high-tech hub in the Arab World?

A city of polluted decay enforced by war and destruction?

Another Dubai, with a dense gridlock of high-rises and cars?

Or an entirely new concept of city life and culture that is yet unimaginable by the citizens of today?

This is your chance to explore your imagination of your city’s future with no constraints, and show the public your creative design and conception skills. You will design a poster that acts as a personal visualization and interpretation of Beirut in the year 2090, while depicting a scene or showing an essential side of the city’s future character. You may use any media such as illustration, photography, typography, or computer generated graphics as long as it can be sent as a digital file and printed on a poster. [Link]

Fouad Boutros Highway Project given green light

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The Fouad Boutros Highway (Image courtesy of Save Beirut Heritage)

According to NowLebanon, the controversial Fouad Boutros Highway project was given the green light and will kick off in few weeks time. As per Save Beirut Heritage, the Fouad Boutros highway project will destroy 28 heritage landmarks, endanger 30 more, and uproot thousands of meters of lush green spaces in the Ashrafieh, Hekmeh and Mar Mikhail neighborhoods.

To be honest, I was surprised the issue was only raised now or at least given that much spotlight as it seems the project had gone a long way already and was technically a done deal. Added to that, I am asking around to see if the project will endanger that many houses and green spaces as I’ve heard otherwise. Of course, this doesn’t make the project any better but there’s a missing side to the story that must be clarified here.

I wish more talks would take place between Activists/NGOs and Achrafieh’s MPs or concerned officials in order to discuss these matters and find compromises. CDR, the company in charge of the new thoroughfare in conjunction with the municipality, as well as the municipality should assign a person to talk about this matter and shed the light on all its details.

I truly hope it doesn’t turn out to be like the highway connecting Achrafieh to Dekwaneh because it has left an everlasting damage on Burj Hammoud residents.

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Picture from The BeirutReport via Save Beirut Heritage

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Picture from The BeirutReport via Save Beirut Heritage

We Love You Maya Zankoul!

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Picture from Maya Zankoul

I was very surprised to read Brofessional Review’s post on Maya, not because it was critical of Maya’s work, but because it was highly subjective, disrespectful and unfair. However, it’s their right to criticize the way they see fit and I will not bother reply as I am not fit to discuss illustrations and what makes someone a real illustrator, but I thought a word of support to Maya, who is one of BlogBaladi’s biggest fans (and vice-versa) and one of the nicest people you could ever meet, was the least I could do.

After all, it is not just Maya’s talent that got her to where she is today, but the way she was able to communicate her ideas in a fun and creative way. In fact, sometimes I would spend an hour writing a post that she would summarize in an illustration/doodle/WhateverYouWannaCallIt.

Keep doing what you do best Maya!

Update: I recommend you read BeirutSpring’s post on this matter [Here].

Pamela el Kik involved in a car accident

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I don’t know who Pamela el Kik is to be honest, nor which shows or movies she took part in but what I know is how the bus managed to get across the mid-road separator and hit her car. It may not be the driver’s fault this time but someone should discipline these reckless bus drivers that are endangering their passengers’ lives and our lives as well.

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Both Pictures from Yasa.org

Mar Mikhael Threatened by the Fouad Boutros Highway Project

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According to Save Beirut Heritage, the Fouad Boutros highway project will destroy 28 heritage landmarks, endanger 30 more, and uproot thousands of meters of lush green spaces in the Ashrafieh, Hekmeh and Mar Mikhail neighborhoods.

Check out what will happen to the Mar Mikhail street if this project is implemented. If the picture is correct, it will practically destroy the Mar Mikhail street and its surrounding. You can check out the full study [Here] and more pictures and information [Here].

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