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press release: London Architect's Virtual Beirut at London Film Festival 20/10/2003 in word format.
Contact: Ayssar Arida
London Architect’s Virtual Beirut at London Film Festival
French/Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab’s Terra Incognita traces the suspended lives of a group of 30-somethings in post-war Beirut, including one successful architect who, finally disillusioned with the reconstruction process, locks himself in his bedroom and gradually immerses himself in his own virtual Grand Projet, a ridiculous revision of the city with hints of Corbusier, Koolhaas and Superstudio.
Limited in time and budget, Arida developed highly effective modelling methods
to re-create a whole city in two days. Extruding and rendering GIS maps in Bryce
3D or simply filming the PC screen running AutoCAD, the low-tech solutions combined
with Salhab’s multi-layered editing and soundscape, result is a hypnotic
rendition of a city in full mutation.
Ayssar Arida is the author of Quantum City (Architectural Press, Oxford 2002, ISBN 0750650125), a book that proposes a new generic meta-language for theories of the city in the 21st century. He currently lives and works in London, where he is also preparing his next book: Quantum Environments/Architecture in the New Paradigm. ( www.quantumcity.com )
Terra Incognita is showing at the London Film Festival on 28/10 (15.45, NFT2) & 30/10 (18:30. Ritzy)