Beirut River Toxic Tour

If you missed our Toxic Tour on Beirut River led by Adib Dada, you have a chance to read about it in the following post!

The Toxic Tour was part of Sursock Museum’s current exhibition on Let’s Talk about the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis.

The tour started at Armenia Bridge which goes above the river and overlooks the raw sewage meandering in the concrete ditch. Dada began with the historical transformation from a natural river -where people used to swim, picnic and fish- into an artificial polluted river, after the construction of its concrete walls in the 1960s. He explained the challenged that the river faces from toxic pollution from industrial dye spillage, raw sewage contamination and slaughter waste dumping. The tour continued in Bourj Hammoud where Dada showed different interventions proposed by theOtherDada to rehabilitate the river and improve the living conditions of the communities living around it. He described the importance of bringing back the Ecosystem Services of the river (the benefits that nature gives us such as clean water, oxygen, pollination etc); and focused on the first proposed Intervention, Blue-Green Streets:  managing stormwater and floods by mimicking natural systems, reducing paved surfaces and increasing water infiltration into the underground aquifers. Then, the tour took participants to Yerevan Bridge, here again Dada described another proposed Intervention, Accessible Streets: improving mobility and making streets accessible for pedestrians, and most importantly proposing a pedestrian bridge on Yerevan Bridge. Finally, the tour ended at Badguer Cultural Center. The participants were welcomed with Armenian snacks and drinks and had the chance to exchange thoughts and ask questions about Beirut River.

If you are interested in knowing more about this event or Beirut RiverLESS don’t hesitate in contacting us at contact@theotherdada.com

 

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About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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