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Sandra Rishani

Inhabiting a Grudge

My father and I were discussing increasing construction and diminishing public space in Beirut and, in particular, access to the seafront in the Manara neighbourhood. Suddenly, he asked if I had ever noticed al-Ba'sa (in English: The Grudge). “Which grudge?” I answered. “I thought we were speaking about buildings.” The "Grudge,” he tells me, “is a house—or maybe a wall—built to block the sea view of some residents. It is a building located in Beirut’s Manara area, just ...

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Sandra Rishani

Sandra Rishani is a Beirut-based practicing architect who graduated with a MSc in Architecture from Princeton University, where she was a Fulbright scholar, and an MA in urban development and planning from University College of London (UCL) courtesy of the British Chevening scholarship. Sandra collaborates with 109 architects on various projects and runs a blog about fantastical possibilities for Beirut.