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See Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture for Lebanon's International Fair Grounds

08:00 - 12 August, 2016
See Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture for Lebanon's International Fair Grounds, Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim

On the grounds of the Tripoli International Fair (Rashid Karameh International Exhibition Center) in Lebanon, one finds one of the five largest exhibition centers in the world [1]. The 15 structures, designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1963, remain unfinished due to the project's abandonment during the country's civil war in 1975. 

Arch. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim Enclosed Theater. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim Theater interior. International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Anthony Saroufim +24

Saleh Barakat Gallery / L.E.FT Architects

22:00 - 11 August, 2016
Saleh Barakat Gallery / L.E.FT Architects, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite

© Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beirut, Lebanon
  • Design Team

    Ana Conchan, Alex Palmer, Valeria Fervorari, Rafah Farhat, Elias Kateb
  • Area

    900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Ieva Saudargaite, Courtesy of L.E.FT Architects

Snøhetta's Terraced, Geometric Tower Wins Competition for Bank Headquarters in Beirut

11:05 - 9 August, 2016
Snøhetta's Terraced, Geometric Tower Wins Competition for Bank Headquarters in Beirut, © MIR/Snøhetta
© MIR/Snøhetta

Snøhetta has won a competition to design the new headquarters for Banque Libano Francaise (BLF) in Beirut, Lebanon. The building will feature a geometric facade and several large outdoor terraces carved from the built volume to create a vibrant workplace community. The project marks Snøhetta’s first ever commission in Lebanon.

© MIR/Snøhetta © MIR/Snøhetta © MIR/Snøhetta © MIR/Snøhetta +6

St. Elie Church / Maroun Lahoud

05:00 - 19 July, 2016
St. Elie Church / Maroun Lahoud, Courtesy of Maroun Lahoud
Courtesy of Maroun Lahoud

Courtesy of Maroun Lahoud Courtesy of Maroun Lahoud Courtesy of Maroun Lahoud Courtesy of Maroun Lahoud +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brih, Lebanon
  • Design Team

    Salam Geha, Dany Ajouz
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Maroun Lahoud

How Migration Will Define the Future of Urbanism and Architecture

11:20 - 5 July, 2016
How Migration Will Define the Future of Urbanism and Architecture, The entrance to the Forum Karlín during reSITE 2016. Image © Dorota Velek
The entrance to the Forum Karlín during reSITE 2016. Image © Dorota Velek

When we started talking about migration [as a conference theme], everybody said ‘don’t do it, it’s too controversial.’ We said that’s exactly why we’re going to do it.

This defiant attitude was how Martin Barry, Chairman of reSITE, opened their 2016 Conference in Prague three weeks ago. Entitled “Cities in Migration,” the conference took place against a background of an almost uncountable number of challenging political issues related to migration. In Europe, the unfolding Syrian refugee crisis has strained both political and race relations across the continent; in America, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has led a populist knee-jerk reaction against both Mexicans and Muslims; and in the United Kingdom—a country only on the periphery of most attendees’ consciousness at the time—the decision in favor of “Brexit” that took place a week after the conference was largely predicated upon limiting the immigration of not only Syrians, but also of European citizens from other, less wealthy EU countries.

In architecture, such issues have been highlighted this year by Alejandro Aravena’s Venice Biennale, with architects “Reporting from the Front” in battles against, among other things, these migration-related challenges. From refugee camps to slums to housing crises in rich global cities, the message is clear: migration is a topic that architects must understand and respond to. As a result, the lessons shared during reSITE’s intensive two-day event will undoubtedly be invaluable to the architectural profession.

Notes On a Tree At the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture

11:59 - 29 June, 2016
Notes On a Tree At the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Exhibition rendered image.
Exhibition rendered image.

On May 28, Beirut-based firm 109 Architectes unveiled Notes on a Tree at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture. The interactive installation is part of the GAA Foundation’s annual “Time – Space – Existence” exhibition and commemorates Lebanon’s lost public spaces.

Notes on a Tree tackles the role of the architect in countries like Lebanon, where developers often dictate urban planning. The firm uses its own projects as examples of successes and disappointments in preserving public space, which is symbolized by specific trees. Some trees were saved and some were lost, but each one represents a community’s history and collective memory.

Byblos Town Hall / Hashim Sarkis

02:00 - 9 May, 2016
Byblos Town Hall / Hashim Sarkis , © Wissam Chaaya
© Wissam Chaaya
  • Architects

  • Location

    Byblos, Lebanon
  • Client

    Municipality of Jbeil/Byblos
  • Area

    752.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya © Wissam Chaaya +52

APEAL Announces Shortlist for Modern and Contemporary Museum in Beirut

12:00 - 18 April, 2016
APEAL Announces Shortlist for Modern and Contemporary Museum in Beirut, © Roger Moukarzel
© Roger Moukarzel

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) has announced a shortlist for the design of a new modern and contemporary art museum in Beirut, Lebanon. The yet to be named museum will be located in the city’s historic center on land owned by the Université Saint Joseph and directly opposite the National Museum of Beirut. A masterplan for the site includes new campus facilities for the university, a business center, and the museum, all sharing green common areas and underground parking.

Holcom Headquarter / Lombardini22 + DEGW

05:00 - 20 March, 2016
Holcom Headquarter  / Lombardini22 + DEGW, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite
  • Architects

  • Location

    Corniche El Nahr, Lebanon
  • Architect in Charge

    Lombardini22 & DEGW Italia
  • Area

    35000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite © Ieva Saudargaite +27

Conference: AUB City Debates 2016

07:00 - 27 February, 2016
Conference: AUB City Debates 2016

City Debates 2016 stems from a relational and multi-scalar understanding of urban policy as an assemblage of ideas and tools that circulate and transform. We seek to examine how international aid promotes the mobility of urban policy ideas, and mobilizes a range of stakeholders, and technologies in the process. We explore these questions by investigating two sets of urban policies: regional planning, and refugee policies.

The Cube / Orange Architects

20:00 - 7 February, 2016
The Cube / Orange Architects, © Matthijs van Roon
© Matthijs van Roon

© Matthijs van Roon © Matthijs van Roon © Matthijs van Roon © Matthijs van Roon +19

Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

09:36 - 16 December, 2015
Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

CatalyticAction Designs Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon

06:00 - 8 December, 2015
CatalyticAction Designs Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon, Courtesy of CatalyticAction
Courtesy of CatalyticAction

"Within humanitarian responses, programmatically, children often become invisible." (Marc Sommers)

The Syrian crisis has forced thousands of families to leave their homes in search of safe places to continue with their lives. Many families have moved to Lebanon, where the UN has raised a series of informal settlements. While effective in providing shelter, they don't provide specific solutions for children, many of whom have had their studies interrupted and don't have public spaces equipped to play sports and interact with other kids.

In response to this situation, the architects of CatalyticAction have designed and built a playground in one of the schools developed by The Kayany Foundation and American University of Beirut's Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, involving children throughout the entire process and allowing the structure to be easily disassembled, transported and either reassembled or repurposed.

Courtesy of CatalyticAction Courtesy of CatalyticAction Courtesy of CatalyticAction Courtesy of CatalyticAction +23

PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut

06:00 - 7 December, 2015
PARALX Designs New Residential Tower in Beirut, © PARALX
© PARALX

Lebanese architecture practice PARALX has won the AIA in Los Angeles' Merit Design Award for its T3 high-rise tower in Beirut. The tower is a part of a larger development scheme in the burgeoning Beirut Digital District (BDD) that will include 12 buildings and over 150,000 square meters of office spaces, apartments, hotels, shops, and entertainment facilities.

T3 will host cafes and restaurants on the ground level, with residential apartments located throughout the upper floors, all targeted towards the creative class that is moving into the area labeled as “Lebanon’s Silicon Valley.”

David Adjaye’s Aishti Foundation in Beirut Nears Completion

12:00 - 12 November, 2015
David Adjaye’s Aishti Foundation in Beirut Nears Completion , © Guillaume Ziccarelli
© Guillaume Ziccarelli

The David Adjaye-designed Aishti Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon is nearing completion. Located in central Beirut, the building replaces former warehouses, housing both an art gallery and retail space. This unique “juxtaposition of art and shopping” inspired Adjaye and Associates “to create a design for an entirely new typology that would integrate two, often conflicting, worlds,” write the architects in a press release.

© Guillaume Ziccarelli © Guillaume Ziccarelli © Guillaume Ziccarelli © Guillaume Ziccarelli +20

Open Call: A Museum in the Making_Architecture Competition

21:30 - 14 October, 2015
Open Call: A Museum in the Making_Architecture Competition

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) is planning to open a museum of modern and contemporary art in Beirut by 2020.

Call for Submissions: Modern Art Museum in Lebanon

11:00 - 10 October, 2015
Call for Submissions: Modern Art Museum in Lebanon, Courtesy of The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL)
Courtesy of The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL)

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) has launched a competition for the design of a new modern and contemporary art museum in Beirut, Lebanon. Architects of Lebanese origins based in Lebanon or globally are invited to submit entries for the yet-to-be-named museum, which is set to open in 2020.

Archmarathon 2015 Beirut

02:30 - 17 September, 2015
Archmarathon 2015 Beirut, Archmarathon 2015 Beirut
Archmarathon 2015 Beirut

Developed from an idea by Publicomm, ARCHMARATHON is an International Architecture event that brings together 42 Architecture Design Studios in a unique and unprecedented format. The first edition took place in November 2014 in Milan and was a great success with the public and highly appreciated by the participants. After the tremendous success of this first edition, the FEDERATION OF LEBANESE ENGINEERS and Publicomm organize a special edition focusing on architects originally from the Arab and Mediterranean Countries. As a result, there will be a special edition held in Beirut, Lebanon from the 8th to the 10th of October 2015.