Urban Design and Landscape

Re- Thinking the Future of Beirut Port

Louay Ghezzawi
Beirut Arab University, Faculty of Architecture, Debbieh

Project idea

Currently, urbanization has taken a huge wave over the area of Beirut, buildings losing their architectural identity with any correlation to the past style adopted in Beirut, and low amount of green sates in comparison to pre-war landuse. Hence, the port was conceived as partly detached from the city, so the main goal was to reconnect it with its existing neighborhood and expand it into a well-configured port.

Project description

The memorial was placed where the explosion happened, where a monolithic structure was put to send a political and a strong menage about the resilience of the Lebanese people. Off-axis are pillars placed in the sea, representing the lost souls on the day of the explosion. That can be lit at night, and faded into the sea horizon, seen from afar.

Technical information

Automatic Yard & Storage System

Instead of the conventional system where containers are stacked one on top of the other, the New Vision will have 'shelves" to Slot the containers into, thus optimizing efficiency, as the operators no longer have to remove the topmost containers to reach the bottom- on most ones.

Karantina Seawater Treatment Seawater Treatment Plant

Desalination uses reverse osmosis technology to separate water molecules from seawater. Water from the ocean is forced through thousands of tightly-wrapped, semipermeable membranes under very high pressure.

Automated Guided Vehicles
Unmanned, emission Free Transportation platforms that are used for shutting containers between quayside and container yards.


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