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July 24, 2014 at 10:50am
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Fractured space: the case of Souk al-Ahad, Beirut

Fractured space: the case of Souk al-Ahad, Beirut

July 23, 2014 at 8:17pm
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Priceless images & footage.
French documentary about the history of Palestine - 1880/1950

To set the record straight once and for all - after so much misinformation, insinuations, blunt idiocies and misconceptions we have seen these past few weeks.

July 11, 2014 at 10:43am
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Reblogged from dwgparallels
dwgparallels:

INFRASTRUCTURAL AND MILITARIZED CARTOGRAPHY OF GAZA

dwgparallels:

INFRASTRUCTURAL AND MILITARIZED CARTOGRAPHY OF GAZA

July 8, 2014 at 4:58pm
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Architecture City Guide: Beirut →

June 16, 2014 at 4:03pm
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Documentary about IRAN in English: The Lovers Wind (Baadeh Sabah) by Albert Lamorisse

May 25, 2014 at 8:34pm
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A mini colorful Habitat 67 in Amchitt, Lebanon, facing the sea… Puncho beach resort.
Someone knows the architect?
Picture taken from: https://www.facebook.com/NTNoffice 

A mini colorful Habitat 67 in Amchitt, Lebanon, facing the sea… Puncho beach resort.

Someone knows the architect?

Picture taken from: https://www.facebook.com/NTNoffice 

May 22, 2014 at 11:08am
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A Beirut Field Diary: Between Two Reconstructions

A Beirut Field Diary: Between Two Reconstructions

May 9, 2014 at 6:12pm
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fiction of another time
Beirut 1921

May 6, 2014 at 4:13pm
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IRIS is an attempt at resisting the expropriation of Beirut’s open coastline returning the sea back to the fishermen and the local habitants of the Ras Beirut district. Through architecture, it materializes the threshold condition between two very distinct, yet concomitant entities: the dense city and the open sea.
Project by Najjar & Najjar architects

IRIS is an attempt at resisting the expropriation of Beirut’s open coastline returning the sea back to the fishermen and the local habitants of the Ras Beirut district. Through architecture, it materializes the threshold condition between two very distinct, yet concomitant entities: the dense city and the open sea.

Project by Najjar & Najjar architects

April 29, 2014 at 12:46pm
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On collective memory, reliving a neighbourhood, spatial belonging and what it meant to be ‘arab’.Forgotten Palestine by Sophie Chamas / for Mashallah News.

On collective memory, reliving a neighbourhood, spatial belonging and what it meant to be ‘arab’.
Forgotten Palestine by Sophie Chamas / for Mashallah News.

April 28, 2014 at 5:31pm
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Inhabiting a grudge
Excerpt from the book, Beirut Recollected.

Inhabiting a grudge

Excerpt from the book, Beirut Recollected.

April 27, 2014 at 10:37pm
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“Mastaba is the old name of the mud bench found at the first urban place we know in the world—in Mesopotamia“. The still unbuilt Abu-Dhabi Mastaba will be the world’s largest man-made sculpture, a 150 m (492-foot) tall structure made of 410,000 multi-colored barrels. Eventually, in 2012, after more than 30 years since its original conception, the artists obtained the building permissions and the site was approved.
The barrels will come in ten different colors arranged to echo Islamic mosaics.

Mastaba is the old name of the mud bench found at the first urban place we know in the world—in Mesopotamia“. The still unbuilt Abu-Dhabi Mastaba will be the world’s largest man-made sculpture, a 150 m (492-foot) tall structure made of 410,000 multi-colored barrels. Eventually, in 2012, after more than 30 years since its original conception, the artists obtained the building permissions and the site was approved.

The barrels will come in ten different colors arranged to echo Islamic mosaics.

April 26, 2014 at 12:45pm
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Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned to transform a 125,000 square meter park in the heart of Abu Dhabi into a multifunctional “sunken oasis.”

Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned to transform a 125,000 square meter park in the heart of Abu Dhabi into a multifunctional “sunken oasis.”

April 22, 2014 at 10:52pm
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And the quest for the biggest continues…

And the quest for the biggest continues…

April 20, 2014 at 8:18pm
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AZADEA foundation, a 'non-profitable' NGO has been put in charge of renovations & management of public spaces in Lebanon. A foundation, brought to you by the same AZADEA group behind all major retail stores in Lebanon (Zara, Decathlon, Bershka, Massimo Dutti and every other single major store you can think about…)

Are such private/public initiatives viable answers to institutions with low knowhow and expertise? Or is it just one more of the many ways the public sector has found to shift its responsabilities? Or perhaps a new way for mayors to bypass increasingly regulated channels of public investment in favor of their pockets?
Also, can we note the irony here: Beirut’s mayor, Bilal Hamad, the very same mayor defending an outragous and outdated highway project slashing through a historic neighborhood of Beirut, is now all of a sudden an ‘green activist’ in favor of giving residents new spots for “cultural activities”. The rhetoric used by Hamad in this interview shows his total lack of understanding of what public spaces can generate and how they can be designed. Yet, he wants to build “the most beautiful garden in the region”, so the people can “breath” again and “come to it for cultural and social activities”, because you know it will be so “beautiful” and “green”.