Beirut Souks: Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut Souks crystallize Solidere’s vision of Beirut city center as a complete, synergic district. This signature shopping, hospitality, entertainment and cultural meeting place enhances the economic vitality and social vibrancy of the central district.
At the heart of the center, accessible from all regions in Lebanon and connected to the transportation network, port and airport, Beirut Souks link all city center parts together, shaping and defining the city. Within short distance of the traditional Conservation Area, Hotel and Waterfront districts, Beirut Souks are surrounded by up-market office, residential and hospitality areas, and enjoys easy car and pedestrian access.
Acclaimed as one of the most important commercial centers in the region, the development raises expectations and adds impetus to the regeneration of the Lebanese capital and its center, as an attractive regional and global business, shopping and leisure destination.
Beirut Souks are geographically divided into two main parts. The Southern part, launched in the last quarter of 2009, composed of the Souks Core and Jewelry Souk, has seen the gradual opening of shops, continuing along with restaurants and cafés. The Northern part of the Souks the construction of the Entertainment Complex is underway, while design of the Department Store is proceeding. An underground car park serves and extends below both sections.
The trend for elite towers that reach ever skywards isn’t healthy for a sustainable community or for a balanced quality of life, says architect Lloyd Alter
Little Free Library in Gowanus:
I came across this Little Free Library outside of a building, facing the sidewalk, on 4th Avenue in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.
According to the website, Little Free Library is a “box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”
Easy and good!
Architectural language sprouts from empirical practice or proceeds from intentional design,’ says Krier of this drawing. ‘It cannot develop in functionally zoned territories nor flourish in excessive urban concentrations or suburban dilutions’.
LEON KRIER ON SUSTAINABLE URBANISM AND THE LEGIBLE CITY.
The Architectural Review, 2014