War ruins are reborn as a sustainable home in Lebanon

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Having survived the Lebanese Civil War and previously used as a torture and detention center for militia forces, The House with two lives has had a colorful past to say in the least. So when Lebanese design practice Nabil Gholam Architects was asked to renovate the structure—originally built as a resort building in the 1930s—the firm took their time to sensitively pick apart the site’s history and breathe new and positive life into the property. Described as “difficult exorcism,” the design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Horrifying ‘river of trash’ flows through the capital of Lebanon

When officials in Beirut, Lebanon closed their main landfill last summer, they provided no replacement. Now a health crisis mounts as trash spills into the streets, creating what people have begun to call a ‘river of trash.’

Four months ago, a ramshackle dump begun near buildings housing families, and overflowed into the streets. Now the river has grown to reportedly around two million tons of trash. Violent protests by the people have brought no reprieve, only armed resistance… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building