The Museum of Modern Art’s Paola Antonelli and Parson’s Jamer Hunt have invited experts from fields as diverse as science, philosophy, literature, music, film, journalism, and politics to respond to selected design objects and spark a conversation with all readers around the connection between Design and Violence. Come see the insanity of Sim City 3000/Magnasanti […]Full Story »
OPEN TALKS: City & Architecture Ayssar Arida and Pedro Gadanho, hosted by John Thackara. In keeping with a tradition of fostering critical debate and encouraging active participation and awareness-raising, EXD05 introduces the Open Talks during the Opening Week. In an informal setup, national and international experts and media professionals will be joined by the […]
Competition and Provocation| beirut, Competition, event urbanism, martyrsfestival, memory, metaphor, postwar, and quantum urbanism
The following project was part of a submitted proposal for an international urban design ideas competition for the development of Beirut’s Martyrs Square, launched in summer 2004 by Solidere, the real-estate company in charge of the reconstruction and development of the Beirut City Centre (BCD).
Paper and Provocation
Money in Lebanon is perhaps the single most common denominator between the 18 or so communities that make up the Lebanese mosaic. The failure to recognise the importance of national currency as an archive of culture, is as dangerous as the systematic eradication of cultural heritage, as in the example of the Beirut Central District.
The Ancient Egyptians built gigantic tombs to bury one man at great human and economic expense, the Greeks deployed immense effort to design temples of perfect proportions yet of no real function, the Romans imposed military grids on far colonies throughout their Empire… the early catholic church separated the City of God from the City […]
Chapter| han feng, kas oosterhuis, metaphor, model, quantum architectures, quantum urbanusm, TUdelft, and xin xia
Responding to complex cultural identities, liberated from mechanical thinking, inspired by complexity and emergence, emboldened by new conceptual languages, and empowered by technology and software, a new generation of designers and architects is beta-testing the next forms for our networked culture.
Introduction An Antipodal Landscape, the Need for a Synthesis The Cartesian Paradigm A Post-Cartesian Paradigm: the Quantum World View A New Conceptual Language The Society-Space-Time Quantum Continuum and the Role of the User’s Mind Implications for Urban Form A Multi-level Framework Conclusion Introduction Incomparable scientific and technological development has transformed our culture and our lifestyles […]
“Architecture in the New Paradigm”: a Response to Charles Jencks’ “The New Paradigm in Architecture”
The problem with Charles Jencks is that he is too old to recognize the new paradigm as anything more than a new opportunity to recount the buildings of his personal favourite architects. The paradigm shift he is looking for in the grammar of a handful of landmark buildings will forever elude him: the new paradigm […]
Ayssar Arida on the Rise of the Urbatects at TEDxLAUSalon – YouTube.Full Story »
Exciting news: the 2nd edition of Beirut Design Week will kick off this 24th of June, and will run a varied programme throughout the city until the 30th. Not to miss is the launch party, and the BDW Conference on the 29th in LAU Beirut. Ayssar Arida will be joining Conrad-Bercah and Imad Gemayel […]Full Story »
If you’re in Berlin Tuesday 11.06, join us for a 5pm talk at the Technical University of Berlin Chair for Urban Design and Architecture. Dienstag 11. Juni, 17:00 Uhr Ayssar Arida, Quantum City Ayssar Arida is a practicing urbatect, writer, educator and entrepreneur. As an “urban design thinker”, his work ranges from digital […]Full Story »
[Save the Date] Ayssar Arida at Polypod Creative Series: 22 May 2013 at The Polypod Creative Series invites local and global luminaries to bring people together to discuss ideas and the creative process. The events take place within our informal studio space, which encourages more personal interaction with the speakers. So far the series have […]Full Story »