The Burlington, Northern and Santa Fe Intermodal Terminal, south Los Angeles

The Burlington, Northern and Santa Fe Intermodal Terminal, south Los Angeles

This remarkable rail and container yard is the terminal for all the freight that comes into the Port of Los Angeles at Terminal Island, and the Port of Long Beach through the Alameda Supply Corridor under the surface, next to Alameda Street all the way from the Port to South Los Angeles. From here, freight and product containers are loaded onto trucks that will take goods to points north and east all the way to the Mississippi. This is a major supply line in the global distribution of goods from the Pacific Rim to the North American continent. 

Acropodes Waiting for Sea Wall Construction

Acropodes Waiting for Sea Wall Construction

Each of these concrete objects are nearly ten feet in height, and are designed to offer the maximum possible resistance to movement by the force of tidal and wave pressures. They are poured on site with a licensing fee from the patent owner and then carried to sea on a massive floating crane for the construction of sea walls, coffer dams, and jetties. These acropodes await the construction of a second harbor in Beirut for luxury boats that arrive from all over the middle east and the Mediterranean.

Land Annex, Beirut Waterfront, Lebanon

Land Annex, Beirut Waterfront, Lebanon

In 2103, Solidere sal, my client on this project completed the annexing of ten acres along the Beirut Waterfront. This property will be for luxury multifamily high rise, public parks and sports infrastructure, and entertainment. The land was "reclaimed" by constructing long, massive coffer dams into the sea, then pumping the water out of the target area. The roads in this image will be part of a new park.

Land Annex, Beirut Waterfront, Lebanon

Land Annex, Beirut Waterfront, Lebanon

In 2103, Solidere sal, my client on this project completed the annexing of ten acres along the Beirut Waterfront. This property will be for luxury multifamily high rise, public parks and sports infrastructure, and entertainment. The land was "reclaimed" by constructing long, massive coffer dams into the sea, then pumping the water out of the target area. 

The Beirut Tsunami Wall from the roof garden of the new Beirut Yacht Club

The Beirut Tsunami Wall from the roof garden of the new Beirut Yacht Club

This infrastructure photograph shows in the foreground, construction nearly complete for the roof deck of the Beirut Yacht Club by Stephen Holl Architects from New York. The scalloped forms in the background comprise a waterfront wall that is designed to stop the forward motion from an expected tsunami. 

The Saniq Bridge, Saida Lebanon, Dar Al Handassah Architecture and Engineering

The Saniq Bridge, Saida Lebanon, Dar Al Handassah Architecture and Engineering

Saniq Bridge, Saida Lebanon, DAR al Handassah

Saniq Bridge, Saida Lebanon, DAR al Handassah

Zalka Buchrieh Interchange, North Beirut Lebanon

Zalka Buchrieh Interchange, North Beirut Lebanon

My client was DAR Al Handassah. Their man was watching from a safe distance while I shot this from the edge of a twelve story building next to the freeway. The Mediterranean was visible about a mile away, and the traffic was unusually light.

I-105 (the Century Freeway) at the Long Beach Freeway

I-105 (the Century Freeway) at the Long Beach Freeway

Sunset at the Tsunami Wall Promenade, Beirut

Sunset at the Tsunami Wall Promenade, Beirut

When Solidere took out about a kilometer of natural coastline in Beirut to add land for development, there was a public uproar. At the time of this photograph the uproar was beginning to fade, and people were beginning to come out in mass to walk along the wall created to break the force of a tsunami. 

Zalka Interchange, North Beirut, DAR al Handassah sal

Zalka Interchange, North Beirut, DAR al Handassah sal

Port of Tripoli Annex, Client: Dar al Handassah

Port of Tripoli Annex, Client: Dar al Handassah

This annex had not officially opened to receive freight and was not yet equipped with its cranes when I photographed there. This made for a stunning minimalist industrial landscape. We were nearly barred from coming in and my client had to do some serious begging, as security was tightening up as the war in Syria was beginning to heat up. Tripoli is the closest metropolitan district to Homs, where the war was breaking as I photographed.

Port of Tripoli Annex, Client: Dar al Handassah

Port of Tripoli Annex, Client: Dar al Handassah

This annex had not officially opened to receive freight and was not yet equipped with its cranes when I photographed there. This made for a stunning minimalist industrial landscape. We were nearly barred from coming in and my client had to do some serious begging, as security was tightening up as the war in Syria was beginning to heat up. Tripoli is the closest metropolitan district to Homs, where the war was breaking as I photographed. The fisherman didn't seem to be worried. 

Port of Tripoli Annex, Client: Dar al Handassah

Port of Tripoli Annex, Client: Dar al Handassah

This annex had not officially opened to receive freight and was not yet equipped with its cranes when I photographed there. This made for a stunning minimalist industrial landscape. We were nearly barred from coming in and my client had to do some serious begging, as security was tightening up as the war in Syria was beginning to heat up. Tripoli is the closest metropolitan district to Homs, where the war was breaking as I photographed. The ropes are tying down a massive freighter docked just to the left of the frame. 

Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles

Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles

According to my pilot that day, the Port was loaded - more containers than he had ever seen there. Terminal Island is man-made and receives only the freight for Los Angeles. A similar port is directly next door for Long Beach.. The Los Angeles Port is actually within the Los Angeles City Limits, which follow along the rail lines to the port in a long bottle neck, all the way to Long Beach.

The 91 and 710 Freeway Interchange

The 91 and 710 Freeway Interchange

The Artesia Freeway (91) crosses the Los Angeles River and intersects with the Long Beach Freeway in a graceful cluster of arcing ramps.