We just came across this great project by 5 students of “Generation Poubelle” Charbel Abou Chakra, Kay Bardawil, Charbel Corbani, Nahi El Khoury, and Michelle Norenzian. With Lebanese star architect Bernard Khoury guiding them throughout the process, their project won the Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking Expo” out of 200 submissions from university students representing different institutions and fields. This team of motivated and engaged millennials chose to tackle the pollution problem and make a social statement through architecture. They imagined a long translucent tube inside the Beirut River that caries drainage water leading to a vertical tower that holds a filtering system. The space around it would be transformed into a public park and an event venue.