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Oscar Niemeyer's Rachid Karami Exposition Site Crumbling after Years of Neglect

06:30 - 6 February, 2019
Oscar Niemeyer's Rachid Karami Exposition Site Crumbling after Years of Neglect, © Dima Stouhi
© Dima Stouhi

Lebanon is home to several outstanding structures, influenced by centuries of architectural styles. However, one of the most intriguing projects in the Middle Eastern country lies in the northern city of Tripoli, a culturally-rich historical city with structures once inhabited by Romans, Crusaders, Phoenicians, and Ottomans. The Rachid Karami International Exhibition Center, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, reflects the slow deterioration from Lebanon’s pre-war golden age to post-war depression. The country's iconic modernist site has suffered after years of neglect and reportedly will require upwards of 15 million dollars to restore.

"We Wanted a Gradient of Galleries": WORKac Explain their Design for the Beirut Museum of Art

07:00 - 29 January, 2019
"We Wanted a Gradient of Galleries": WORKac Explain their Design for the Beirut Museum of Art, BeMA / WORKac. Image Courtesy of WORKac
BeMA / WORKac. Image Courtesy of WORKac

What is architecture if it does not understand its context?  Architecture is shaped and curated by the area it lives in, showcasing the culture it embodies. The more of this identity it embodies, the more meaningful (and sometimes prominent) it becomes. 

WORKac Selected to Design the New Beirut Museum of Art

13:00 - 20 December, 2018
 WORKac Selected to Design the New Beirut Museum of Art, BeMA: Beirut Museum of Art. Image Courtesy of WORKac
BeMA: Beirut Museum of Art. Image Courtesy of WORKac

Architect Amale Andraos and her firm WORKac have been selected to design BeMA, the new Beirut Museum of Art in Lebanon. Centrally located in the heart of Beirut, the project will be positioned on a site that once marked the dividing line in the Lebanese civil war. The museum’s permanent collection will include modern and contemporary artworks from Lebanon, the Lebanese diaspora and the wider region. The new project will feature 70 balconies arrayed as a vertical promenade that blends indoor and outdoor spaces to create an open museum for the city.

Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture in Lebanon May Become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

08:00 - 6 October, 2018
Oscar Niemeyer's Unfinished Architecture in Lebanon May Become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tripoli International Fair. Image © Anthony Saroufim
Tripoli International Fair. Image © Anthony Saroufim

The unfinished Tripoli International Fair, designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the Lebanese capital, could become a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. Conceived in the 1960s at the request of the then President Fouad Chéhab, the fair remained a symbol of projected modernity for the country.

"The Place That Remains":The Lebanese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 22 June, 2018
"The Place That Remains":The Lebanese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © venicedocumentationproject
© venicedocumentationproject

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, coverage, we present the completed Lebanese Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post "Lebanon Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale To Reflect on The Built Environment Through a Reflection on The Unbuilt Land."

The Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque Photographed by Bahaa Ghoussainy

09:30 - 17 June, 2018
The Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque Photographed by Bahaa Ghoussainy, © Bahaa Ghoussainy
© Bahaa Ghoussainy

In the town of Moukhtara, Mount Lebanon, L.E.FT Architects have transformed a 100-square-meter structure into a symbolic, picturesque mosque. The Amir Shakib Arslan mosque is a rendition of old versus new with a white steel structure overlaid onto an existing building of cross-vaulted masonry. The angular geometry of the steel plates is a result of the structure’s alignment in relation to Mecca.

Zaha Hadid's Issam Fares Institute Stands Out in New Photography by Bahaa Ghoussainy

09:30 - 20 May, 2018
Zaha Hadid's Issam Fares Institute Stands Out in New Photography by Bahaa Ghoussainy, © Bahaa Ghoussainy
© Bahaa Ghoussainy

With its monumental form, swept diagonal lines and elevated concrete walkways, the Issam Fares Institute building at the American University of Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects emphasizes movement, evoking the speed of contemporary life as it presides over a connecting system of pedestrian walkways. Begun in 2006 and completed in 2014, Hadid’s award-winning concrete and glass building makes a bold statement with its prominent 21-meter, two-story-tall cantilever, which creates a covered courtyard and reduces the footprint of the building to avoid blocking circulation routes. The elevated walkways carry pedestrians through the branches of huge Cypress and Ficus trees, many of which significantly predate the building at 120 to 180 years old.

Lebanon Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale To Reflect on The Built Environment Through a Reflection on The Unbuilt Land

12:00 - 12 May, 2018
Lebanon Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale To Reflect on The Built Environment Through a Reflection on The Unbuilt Land, Courtesy of Hala Younes
Courtesy of Hala Younes

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Lebanon Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

Photos Capture the Luxurious Life Inside Herzog & de Meuron's Beirut Terraces

09:30 - 7 January, 2018
Photos Capture the Luxurious Life Inside Herzog & de Meuron's Beirut Terraces, © Bahaa Ghoussainy
© Bahaa Ghoussainy

In the rapidly burgeoning city of Beirut, the post-war building boom is far from over. Much like its middle-eastern neighbors, it boasts of a plump share of designer architecture—as critic Oliver Wainwright refers to it, “a diverse shopping list”. It is here that the Beirut Terraces, a residential complex designed by Herzog & De Meuron, rises up to 119 meters, occupying a prominent place in the city’s skyline. In this collection of photographs by Bahaa Ghoussainy, one sees the Beirut Terraces from within, getting a glimpse of both the interior, as well as the multiple, unique views offered from inside the building.

Spurred by Privatization, Beirut's Working Class is Colonizing the City's Periphery

09:30 - 31 May, 2017
Spurred by Privatization, Beirut's Working Class is Colonizing the City's Periphery, © Manuel Alvarez Diestro
© Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Citizens of Beirut have been left behind in the city's drive to attract more tourism, leading to a building boom on the Lebanese capital's periphery.

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