A cartography of risk
Risk analysis describes destruction that has not yet taken place. The destruction of buildings that are otherwise still standing intact is a complex reality fabricated by algorithms, fears, hopes, conflicting philosophies and historical experience. But these potential ruins are also “messages from the future”, and shape the economical and urban realities in their present environment through their effect on the prices of property and insurance. The work visualises the abstract nature of risk calculation across Lebanon, alongside another type of “message from the future”, the visual strategies employed by the local construction industry as it seeks to entice foreign investment by depicting a modern image of a future.
The Beirut real estate market
The real estate market in Lebanon has consistently been regarded as its most dynamic area of investment. Even in the current geopolitical climate, the market is experiencing rapid growth, mostly, as a result of foreign interest and investment in the country. This has resulted in a proliferation of luxury apartment and redevelopment projects, which litter Beirut’s urban landscape. The city, attempts to disassociate parts of itself from latent violence (compounded by the civil war in Syrian) in an effort to create in Beirut, demographic enclaves complacent with the global economy. The images are examples of a visual approach adopted by the Lebanese construction industry which litters the urban public space with an idealized image of a future domestic life.