MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut

SHAMS Festival for the Arts (keynote speaker), Beirut, Lebanon, April 2001. “MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut”, Arabic version.  

Competition, Paper, and Provocation

n-Dimensional Metaphor: the Grand Museum of Egypt

One of the most recurrent themes in the history of civilisations is the close link between their worldview – what they believe the world to be like- and their large scale architectural production. In particular, the Egyptians built gargantuan projects because they believed they were necessary to uphold and sustain their worldview. It was also their way of keeping eternal archives of their memory and knowledge, literally carved in stone, or through metaphoric and symbolic devices. Here are some of the parallels in attitude – updated for the 21st century – we have adopted for this project.


Quantum Everything?

Quantum Everything? (public lecture), Notre-Dame University, Dept. of Architecture, Lebanon, May 2001.  

Lecture and Workshop

MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut

My Rights to My City international symposium & workshop (keynote speaker), Alexandria, Egypt, Oct 2000. “MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut”, English version.  


Beyond the Quantum Worldview

Norwegian University of Science of Technology (NTNU), School of Art and Architecture. Art and Common Space invited lecturer, Trondheim, 13 Oct 2006. “Beyond the Quantum Worldview”.  


Thinking the City in the Post-Cartesian Paradigm

Thinking the City in the Post-Cartesian Paradigm (public lecture), American University of Beirut, Architecture Department, April 2000.  

Lecture and Media

Architecture and Sound, Cityness and Waves

Ayssar Arida discusses ideas explored in his book: Quantum City (MP3)


The 70-Year Itch or the Dawn of the Quantum City

(Theorising) History in Architecture and Design Conference (refereed), Oslo, Norway, 25-27 April 2003. “The 70-Year Itch or the Dawn of the Quantum City” Published in CON.TEXT, Elisabeth Tostrup & Christian Hermansen (ed.), Oslo, 2003, p.201.  


Quantum Environments: Urban Design in the Post-Cartesian Paradigm

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 [...]

Lecture and Talk

Ayssar Arida: Work Presentation and Talk

Ayssar presented his work at the School of Design Strategies of Parsons The New School For Design in New York.

Competition and Provocation| beirut, Competition, event urbanism, martyrsfestival, memory, metaphor, postwar, and quantum urbanism

Sum over histories or the Garden of Forking Paths

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).

Chapter| han feng, kas oosterhuis, metaphor, model, quantum architectures, quantum urbanusm, TUdelft, and xin xia

Urbanism and Architectures of the Quantum Paradigm

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.

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Ayssar Arida’s Saudisanti vs Magnasanti (Vincent Ocasla) on MoMA’s Design and Violence blog

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 [...]

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Ayssar Arida: Architects Are Obsolete: Rise of the Urbatects at TEDxLAUSalon – YouTube

Ayssar Arida on the Rise of the Urbatects at TEDxLAUSalon – YouTube.  

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Do Not Miss: Beirut Design Week 2013 + BDW Conference

  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 [...]

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[Save the Date] Ayssar Arida at TU-Berlin / 11 June 2013

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 [...]

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[Save the Date] Ayssar Arida at Polypod Creative Series / 22 May 2013

[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 [...]

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The case for #innovation-led growth: NESTA’s Plan I http://t.co/dALedXWq

http://t.co/dALedXWq via ayssar

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A 40-Minute Crash Course video In Design Thinking http://t.co/4okfDCWE #quantumcity

http://t.co/4okfDCWE via ayssar

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The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets #quantumcity http://t.co/F2NWaMXP

http://t.co/F2NWaMXP via ayssar

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Beyond our Kuhnian inheritance #quantumcity http://t.co/EoTMFDGj

http://t.co/EoTMFDGj via ayssar

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What happens when u cross #einsteinsdreams, #citesobscures and #quantumcity? A city on tracks! http://t.co/hYz4ykOd

@ayssar found: http://t.co/hYz4ykOd>http://twitter.com/ayssar/status/238395366247104512>

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This started as the companion site to Ayssar Arida''s first book, Quantum City. It now includes a growing set of the author''s writing and his blog.