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

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 [...]

Course, Jury, and Lecture

Overlaps: The Interactive Edge

Overlaps: The Interactive Edge (joint course leader), Advanced Architecture Design Studio, American University of Beirut, Architecture Department, Fall 2000.  

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).

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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 [...]

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.

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

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.  

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.

Provocation

“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 [...]

Lecture

MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut

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

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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

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

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

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

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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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