PRINT October 2006

Bernard Khoury

Bernard Khoury, BO18, 1998, Beirut.


I recently spoke with a journalist who, commenting on how the situation may have changed in Beirut after this last war, concluded by saying, “Too bad that everything you accomplished in the past fifteen years has been destroyed.” I thought about this for a few seconds, and I realized how wrong he was: In fact, while things might seem different from a distance, you have to understand that what have been portrayed as the major reconstruction efforts during the past fifteen years—the small sector of the Beirut Central District, the very few institutional projects that were built essentially within selected sections of the capital—were left basically untouched by this round of battles. In fact, most construction projects that were accomplished by the successive governments in the postwar period—that is, since the early 1990s—were not directly affected by this

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