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.
INFRASTRUCTURAL AND MILITARIZED CARTOGRAPHY OF GAZA
A map and photos of the most interesting buildings in Beirut, including projects by names such as Alvar Aalto, Rafael Moneo, and Steven Holl.
Documentary about IRAN in English: The Lovers Wind (Baadeh Sabah) by Albert Lamorisse
A mini colorful Habitat 67 in Amchitt, Lebanon, facing the sea… Puncho beach resort.
Someone knows the architect?
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
“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.
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Also, can we note the irony here: Beirut’s mayor, Bilal Hamad, the very same mayor defending an outragous and outdated highway project slashing through a historic neighborhood of Beirut, is now all of a sudden an ‘green activist’ in favor of giving residents new spots for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”.