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).

Paper

Sifting Through the Chaos / A (Brief) Manual for Navigating the Streets of Beirut

For many travellers visiting a new city, the first impression is everything… yet most interesting cities hide their true character behind a facade of images and sounds that overwhelm the visitor’s senses by their sheer newness. This generally makes for a very shallow form of tourism that, although often interesting enough by itself, gives a [...]

Talk and Workshop

Quantum Worldview Workshop 2008

A 2-day workshop lead by Danah Zohar (The Quantum Self, Quantum Society, … ) and Ayssar Arida.

Paper

Memory Between Amnesia and Trauma (a Proposal for Sarajevo)

This project for the Marijin Dvor district of Sarajevo proposes both to retain the characteristics of a charged site and transform the significance of those characteristics – to walk a fine line between amnesia and trauma. It suggests a neutral recognition of certain artifacts, in particular the extraordinary figure of the Marshall Tito Barracks. It [...]

Talk

OPEN TALKS: City & Architecture

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 [...]

Lecture

Quantum Everything?

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

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.

Book

Quantum City

Quantum City explores the metaphorical relationships between quantum theory, urban design and the concept of the city, with a very serious aim: to radically change the way the urban realm is both experienced and designed.

Lecture and Workshop

Quantum Urbanism Workshop 2010

A 2-day Quantum Urbanism workshop by Ayssar Arida, with the art and architecture students of the Art and Common Space course lead by Maaretta Jaukkuri, Anne-Karin Furunes, and Simon Harvey. Kunst og Fellesskapets Rom (Art and Common Space) brings together art and architecture students in an experimental forum aimed at rethinking issues of public space [...]

Lecture

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.  

Paper| quantum

Therapeutic Urbanism?

“Hornstrumpet! We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well. But the only way I can see of doing that is to use them to put up a lot of fine, well-designed buildings.” – Père Ubu (Alfred Jarry)

Lecture

Vers un Urbanisme Quantique

This lecture was cancelled due to Ayssar Arida’s schedule last-minute conflict.

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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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