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 [...]

Talk and Workshop

Quantum Worldview Workshop 2008

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


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.  


Memory Between Amnesia & Trauma

The Planned City? ISUF International Conference (refereed), Trani, Italy, 3-6 July 2003. “Memory Between Amnesia & Trauma: an urban proposal for the Marijin Dvor district, Sarajevo, B&H.” (with M. Stanton). Published in Proceedings of the International Conference, A. Petruccioli et al (ed.), Trani, 2003, vol.3, p.956.  


Vers un Urbanisme Quantique

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

Lecture and Media

Architecture and Sound, Cityness and Waves

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


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 [...]


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 [...]

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.  

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 [...]


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 [...]

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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 via ayssar

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A 40-Minute Crash Course video In Design Thinking #quantumcity via ayssar

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The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets #quantumcity via ayssar

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Beyond our Kuhnian inheritance #quantumcity via ayssar

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What happens when u cross #einsteinsdreams, #citesobscures and #quantumcity? A city on tracks!

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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.