aftermath 5 - Common building entrance, Lebanon

Location of Shoot: Achrafieh, Lebanon
Photographer: Elie Michel Harfouche
Author: Elie Harfouche

This is the fifth in a series of images documenting the aftermath, understood as exposures of Lebanese settings in the wake of the event, be it social, cultural or built. Aftermath is an alternative look at the after-party, expanding our range of focus to find interest in the peripheral.

A common building entrance in Lebanon, hosts the daily necessities and their alternative sources: Public water connection and auxiliary water tank, public electrical power supply and auxiliary power generator connection.
In this network of connections that is chaotically organized, revealing the prevailing presence of a system, various alterations, additions and re-configurations, a glimpse on Beirut’s architecture reveals itself. Looking at this building’s entrance as a part, one starts to see it the whole, Beirut,  and alternatively starts seing Beirut in this part.
In the words of Palladio: ‘Beauty will result from the form and correspondence of the whole, with respect to the several parts, of the parts with regard to each other, and of these again to the whole; that the structure may appear an entire and complete body, wherein each member agrees with the other, and all necessary to compose what you intend to form.’ Andrea Palladio, I quattro libri dell'architettura, Venice: Dominico de' Francheschi, 1570
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1. something that results or follows from an event, especially one of a disastrous or unfortunate nature; consequence: the aftermath of war; the aftermath of the flood.
2. a new growth of grass following one or more mowings, which may be grazed, mowed, or ploughed under
1. outcome, result, upshot.


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