22 Unwrapping Lebanon: for a better vision
Pollution in general is a major issue in Lebanon and concerns every citizen of the country. Since July 2015, Lebanon has been experiencing a waste management problem. Cessation of waste collection has resulted in its accumulation on streets, agricultural and water sites. This produces intolerable odours and inhumanely polluted sites. Some measures have been taken to recycle some products but it is still not enough.
For me, design is not about making another table or another lamp, it is a tool to show how our actions are negatively affecting our lives. Every day, we away throw paper, plastic bags and metal cans. Every day, we use these materials in a huge quantity that can easily be decreased. Every day, we throw this waste on our streets. However, are we really aware of the impact this has on our environment as well as on our health?
Right now, cities have become machines that are killing us. That is why my aim is to raise awareness to the Lebanese community, kids, parents and even tourists through my installations. After doing a general mapping of Lebanon and of Beirut, I focused on the coast because it is where the community gets together, regardless of their age or of their social status, to enjoy Lebanon’s finest places.
We live in a world where polluting is free, but somebody is going to pay the price. Awareness happens when you link two external ideas together.
That is why I am linking our environment to a study that shows the tremendous amount of waste that the Beiruti community generates.
In order to do so, I picked the specificity of each of these areas to create installations that help represent this issue, in a simple and visual way.