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This Architectural Movie Uses an Abandoned Building in Lebanon to Create a Modern Fairy Tale

13:00 - 17 May, 2019
This Architectural Movie Uses an Abandoned Building in Lebanon to Create a Modern Fairy Tale, © JPAG
© JPAG

Lebanon-based firm JPAG has created a short architectural movie titled “Coming Back to Life” which uses an abandoned icon from the Lebanese civil war to generate a modern day fairy tale. The Burj El Murr (Tower of Bitterness) has been reimagined in a cinematic narrative loaded with emotional content and dramatic sceneries, in an attempt to generate new understandings of what an architectural concept is.

7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2019 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards

16:58 - 3 May, 2019
7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2019 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards, Winning projects of 2019 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards. Image Courtesy of Archiprix
Winning projects of 2019 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards. Image Courtesy of Archiprix

321 graduation projects designed by 407 young architects, landscape architects and urban designers were submitted for the 2019 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards. Among 22 finalists announced in December 2018, an international jury selected 7 winning projects which spotlight international trends in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition

08:00 - 9 March, 2019
UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition, Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)
Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)

As part of Tripoli’s economic revival plan, the International Union of Architects (UIA), in collaboration with the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects (on behalf of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone / TSEZ), the Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR), and the Lebanese Government, have launched an international architecture competition to create a Knowledge and Innovation Center in the northern city of Lebanon.

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.

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