Rania Sassine

has worked as an architect since 1998. She is the author of Virées Citadines: deux douzaines de villes (Persee, 2008).


Martyr’s Square, Beirut

Beirut's heart

The life of a square

Before the Lebanese Civil War, Martyrs’ Square featured among Beirut’s most dynamic civic spaces. Over two decades after the war ended, the city centre’s reconstruction has all but cut the square adrift from civic life. However, Rania Sassine insists on its potential as a Lebanese laboratory of urban identity.