Tearing down Amin Maalouf’s house

Here are some photos of the current demolition happening at the former home of Amin Maalouf, one of Lebanon’s best-known authors. Apparently conservationists have just lost the battle to preserve the building.     These photos were taken this morning by Maalouf’s cousin Roya Kanaan, …

Amin Maalouf: a writer’s bedroom

There is no news about plans to demolish author Amin Maalouf’s former Badaro apartment, covered on this blog last week. A meeting with the developer, Kettaneh Group, did not take place on Friday as had been hoped, according to the prominent writer’s cousin Roya Kanaan. …

Preserving the past: Metro al Madina

Having witnessed the destruction of so many Beirut buildings over the past two decades, it’s refreshing to see some businessmen interested in preserving the past. One such venture is Metro Al Madina (above), a relatively new bar and stage venue on Hamra street. Instead of …