Digital Visualizations of the Beirut Port Explosion

Yara Halawi

Having lived through the detrimental and ineffable experience of the Beirut port explosion, I still fail at translating the intensity of this experience; thus, as a tribute to the victims and to my dying city, this thesis is dedicated to find the most effective, and tangible way to help people understand the intensity and impact of this event through several visualizations of the Beirut port explosion.

These visualizations will be divided across 6 screens that aim at transporting the viewers to the event, and allowing them to experience it as accurately as possible, through survivor narratives and damage collection, in hopes of keeping the memory alive, and keeping the people reminded of what a corrupt government can cause.

Yara Halawi

Iā€™m a Beirut raised, Berlin based multidisciplinary designer. A mix between a creative visionary and a strategic creator.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Probably in a teaching role.

What is a good design for you?

Multi-layered and interpretive.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Having to "re-live" the Beirut Port Explosion.

Who or what inspires you?

I'm inspired by my surroundings, and random conversations.

How do you approach a new project?

I always ask "why?". Why am i designing this? Why is it important? Why would people use it?

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Feed your curiosity, ask questions, and search for answers.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I learned to take and question design decisions differently.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I wanted to focus on translating experiences and narrations in design.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Probably the commute.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?


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