elhub – A maritime public transport for Lebanon

05Mar10

Lebanon is a relatively narrow coastal country with a severe circulation-congestion problem and an inefficient public transport system. An excessive use of cars in a country where road structures are neither planned nor controlled has lead cars to take possession of external spaces. This is where elhub comes in.

The idea to decongest the highway in Lebanon by using high speed vessels was brought forward, some 10 years ago, by the collaboration between the Oslo architecture office STUDIOhp and New York based L.E.FT architects.

In such a context, a viable urban solution for Lebanon would be extending available space by opening up to the sea, creating a network of possibilities. A maritime public transport system can help reduce road traffic and facilitate circulation of people and goods. At the core of it, this increased fluidity ensures accessibility throughout the country and is very likely to provoke encounters and enhance social links.

Linking different parts of Lebanon with an efficient maritime public transport contributes to minimize “socio-regionalism” issues by connecting different social spheres. Without homogenising the country, the boatline will create interactions between social, educational and religious divergences.

The mix engendered by a common need, transportation, could encourage Lebanese to get to “know” each other, realizing that Lebanon can only exist through its diversity.

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