Pressbook

Books and Chapters

  • Quantum City | BH Architectural Press, Oxford,UK, 2002.
    Quantum City develops a metaphorical conceptual language based on quantum theory and the new sciences of the digital age, to analyse and better understand the forces that shape cities and city life in the 21st century.
  • iA: Quantum Architecture | Jap Sam Books, Kas Oosterhuis, Han Feng, and Xin Xia ed., 2011.
    Papers collected in iA#4 come from both the theoretical perspective that adopts quantum paradigm as the conceptual model to examine the new condition of cultural, social and spatial organization, and the computational perspective that presents a novel computational concept and strategy, based on the quantum world view and its related reflections. Quantum physicists, architects, sociologists, researchers and students come together in this issue of the iA bookzine to challenge the new territory of Quantum architecture.
  • Design Dictionary: Perspectives on Design Terminology | Birkhauser, Tim Marshall and Michael Erlhoff ed., 2007.
    A main reference lexicon for everyone interested in the world of design.
  • New Urbanism and Beyond: Designing Cities for the Future | Rizzoli, Tigran Hasic ed., 2008.
    An authoritative collection of the most influential contemporary writing on the city, by some of the world’s most important urbanists.
  • Threshold Generations: Worlds and Worldviews (working title) | In development.
    The Threshold Generation spotlights the current generation of 30 and 40-somethings who have to bridge two very different cultural paradigms, from socio-cultural shifts to technological and media related shifts. Particular accent is directed towards the transition from a top-down authoritarian passage of knowledge, to a horizontal, pseudo-authoritative access to information.
  • Quantum Environments: Architecture in the Post-Cartesian Paradigm | Birkhauser, forthcoming.
    This book applies the ideas introduced in QuantumCity to the domain of architecture, asking what is the City 2.0 and beyond.

 

Talks, Academic Lectures & Publications

  • Parsons the New School for Design, School of Design Strategies, Work Presentation and Talk, New York, USA, 30 March 2010.
  • Norwegian University of Science of Technology (NTNU), School of Art and Architecture. Art and Common Space 2-day workshop leader, Trondheim, 11-12 Mar 2010.
    “Quantum Urbanism Workshop 2010”.
  • Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA), Lecture, Paris, 22 Feb 2010.
    “Vers un Urbanisme Quantique”.
  • Technical University of Crete, Department of Architecture, invited lecturer, Crete, Greece, 17 Dec 2009.
  • Middle East Spatial Technology Conference(MEST 2009), Keynote Speaker, Manama, Bahrain, 8 Dec 2009.
    “Urban Design and Quantum Technology”
    http://www.mest.bh/speakers.htm
  • CENTQUATREVUE: SPATIALITE EFFECTIVE, Vol. 1 No. 1, 22 May 2009, Editions Ligne, France.
    “Warburg Revu (1ere Partie: Warburg Quantique)”
  • Technical University of Delft (TUDelft), Hyperbody Research Group, 1-day workshop leader and lecturer, Delft, Netherlands, 17 Sept 2008.
    “Quantum Design Workshop 2008”.
  • Norwegian University of Science of Technology (NTNU), School of Art and Architecture. Art and Common Space 2-day workshop joint leader and lecturer with Danah Zohar, Trondheim, 6-7 Mar 2008.
    “Quantum Worldview Workshop 2008”.
  • Norwegian University of Science of Technology (NTNU), School of Art and Architecture. Art and Common Space 3-day workshop leader and lecturer, Trondheim, 24-27 Apr 2007.
    “Quantum Design Workshop 2007”.
  • Goldsmiths University of London, Immersivity, Art, Architecture, Sound and Ecology lecture series: invited lecturer, London, 21 Oct 2006.
    “The Quameleon Project”
  • 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”.
  • Royal College of Art (RCA), In the Realm of the Senses Cross-College Lecture Series: invited lecturer. London, 27 Feb 2006.
    “Architecture and Sound, Cityness and Waves”
  • META.morfosis: el museo y el arte en la era digital, MEIAC, Badajoz, Antonio Cerveira-Pinto ed, 2006, pp 146-153.
    “Quameleon: territorial pissings in the society-space-time continuum”
  • Norwegian University of Science of Technology (NTNU), School of Art and Architecture. Art and Common Space invited lecturer, Trondheim, 10 Feb 2006.
    “Architecture and the Quantum Worldview”.
  • Experimenta Design 2005, Bienal de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 16 Sep 2005 .
    OPEN TALKS: City & Architecture
    Ayssar Arida and Pedro Gadanho, hosted by John Thackara.
  • The Planned City? ISUF International Conference (refereed), Trani, Italy, 3-6 July 2003.
    “The 70-Year Itch or the Dawn of the Quantum City”
    Published in Proceedings of the International Conference, A. Petruccioli et al (ed.), Trani, 2003, vol.3, p.1006.
  • 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.
  • Subtle Technologies Conference (selected presenter), Toronto, Canada, 23-25 May 2003.
  • (Theorising) History in Architecture and Design Conference (refereed: abstract), 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.
  • Cities on the Edge international conference (invited keynote speaker), Melbourne, Australia, [ pdf ] 9-11 Oct 2002.
  • Layla Shamash’s The Leading Edge lecture series (invited speaker), Oxford Brookes University, UK, Feb 2002.
    “The New Language of the Quantum City”.
  • Quantum Everything? (public lecture), Notre-Dame University, Dept. of Architecture, Lebanon, May 2001.
  • SHAMS Festival for the Arts (keynote speaker), Beirut, Lebanon, April 2001.
    “MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut”, Arabic version.
  • Random Access Memory (joint course leader), Advanced Architecture Design Studio, American University of Beirut, Architecture Department, Spring 2000.
  • Overlaps: The Interactive Edge (joint course leader), Advanced Architecture Design Studio, American University of Beirut, Architecture Department, Fall 2000.
  • My Rights to My City international symposium & workshop (keynote speaker), Alexandria, Egypt, Oct 2000.
    “MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut”, English version.
  • Thinking the City in the Post-Cartesian Paradigm (public lecture), American University of Beirut, Architecture Department, April 2000.
  • URBAN DESIGN International, Vol. 3 No. 3 Sept 1998, Routledge, UK.
    “Quantum Environments: Thesis conclusions”
  • Resource for Urban Design Information (RUDI), Sept 1998, www.rudi.net.
    “Quantum Environments”
  • Quantum Environments: Urban Design in the Post-Cartesian Paradigm (MA Thesis), JCUD – Oxford Brookes University, Sept 1998. Received Distinction and highest grade ever awarded at Oxford Brookes, became basis for book Quantum City.
  • Interactive Morphologies: Landscape as a Catalyst for Urban Regeneration & Development (Diploma Thesis, co-author), OBU, March 1998.
  • Past.Souks.Future (B.Arch Thesis, co-author), American University of Beirut, March 1994.

Essays, Articles & Letters

  • LimitedLanguage.org, e-journal, 15 Oct 2008.
    “Warburg Revu (2ème Partie: Warburg2.0)”
    http://www.limitedlanguage.org/discussion/index.php/archive/warburg-revu-suitedeuxieme-partie-warburg-20/
  • LimitedLanguage.org, e-journal, 15 Oct 2008.
    “Warburg Revisited: Part 2: Warburg2.0″
    http://www.limitedlanguage.org/discussion/index.php/archive/warburg-revisited-part-two-english/
  • CENTQUATREVUE / 104larevue.fr, online magazine, 15 Oct 2008.
    “Warburg Revu (1ère Partie: Warburg Quantique)”
    http://www.104.fr/module/104revue/oeuvres/arida/page1-2.html
  • CENTQUATREVUE / 104larevue.fr, online magazine, 15 Oct 2008.
    “Warburg Revisited (Part 1: Quantum Warburg)”
    http://www.104.fr/module/104revue/EN/oeuvres/arida/page1-2.html
  • “Rethinking the Modern Mediterranean House – Nabil Gholam’s F House”
    in Modern Residential Design Blog, 29 Jan 2008, http://modresdes.blogspot.com/2008/01/nabil-gholam-architecture-planning-f.html
    Originally published as “Assured Discretion” in Architecture Plus magazine, #9, pp52-62.
  • LimitedLanguage.org, e-journal, 21 June 2006.
    “Diventity: Identity, Density and Diversity”
    http://www.limitedlanguage.org/discussion/index.php/archive/diventity-identity-density-and-diversity/
  • LiveLanguage,org, online podcast, 23.10.2005.
    “Designers in the Age of Fear” recorded on: Sep 16 11h30 – 13h30, Lisbon, Ayssar Arida and Pedro Gadanho hosted by John Thackara.
  • OutsideEdge, e-journal #03, May 2005.
    Street Manifestos issue,
    “Sum over histories or the Garden of Forking Paths”
  • Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, E-journal vol. 1 n. 4,pp. 147-151. www.wickedness.net, March 2004.
    “The Whole in the Part, the Hole in the Part”
  • Memory & Creation, www.111101.net newsletter, #09, Nov 2003.
    “Therapeutic Urbanism?” (with M. Stanton).
  • Memory & Creation, www.111101.net newsletter, #09, Nov 2003.
    “MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes and Beirut”
  • Archis, Netherlands, #4, 2003, pp.60-68.
    “Therapeutic Urbanism?” (with M. Stanton).
  • One for All – OXO One-Pot Cookbook, Katia Hadidian (ed.), TANK Publications, London, June 2003, p.102.
    “One-Pot Cities”.
  • Architectural Review, London, June 2003, p.30.
    “Architecture in the New Paradigm”: a response to Charles Jencks’ “The New Paradigm in Architecture” (published letter)
  • Impressions Magazine, March 2003.
    “Sifting through the chaos, a (brief) manual for navigating the streets of Beirut”.
  • Architects’ Journal, London, 20 Feb 2003, p.17.
    “Reviewer Misses Point of Quantum City Reality”, (published letter).
  • Guardian Friday Review, London, 21 Feb 2003.
    “RE: Filming Keenan’s Ordeal”, (published letter).
  • Lebanon Opportunities, 8 real estate articles published between Feb 1999 and June 2001.

 

Featured Design Work & Exhibitions

  • Doha Gardens in Arabian Design, daab books, 2007
  • Architectural Review, London, March 2006, p.30.
    Doha Gardens: MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2006, Best Masterplanned Community Project and Overall Winner.
  • ARCO 06, exhibition, International Fair for Contemporary Art (ARCO), Madrid, Spain, 9-13 Feb 2006 .
    “Mimesis: Quameleon”
  • META.morfosis: new architectural outlines for a 21st century art museum, exhibition, MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain, Feb-Apr 2006.
    “Quameleon: territorial pissings in the society-space-time continuum”
  • Orchitecture 0.9, Chiswick House, London, 24-25 Sep 2005. A Center for the Spatial Realm (CSR) project with Thor McB & the NLO.
  • Vickyh destinations, Exhibition & Book signing, Geneva, Switzerland, Oct-Nov 2004.
  • RIBA Journal, London, June 2003, p.9. The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2003, “The Grand Egyptian Museum” June-Aug 2003.
  • The Grand Egyptian Museum International Architecture Competition (Distinctive Entry), Cairo, Egypt. Tbp 2003. (with K.Hoey)
  • Artists’ Impressions in Architectural Design, by Bob Giddings & Margaret Horne, Spon Press, hardcover, Jan 2002, p.171 [ pdf ]. ISBN: 0419262008
  • Artists’ Impressions in Architectural Design, by Bob Giddings & Margaret Horne, Spon Press, softcover, Dec 2001, p.141 [ pdf ]. ISBN: 0419236007
  • Marijin Dvor District International Urban Design Competition Catalogue (Finalist), Sarajevo, March 2001. (with M. Stanton)

Film & Photography

  • Al-Iksir, Sci-Fi television series, prod. Zenith Foundation, 2007+. Urbanism consultant & digital art director.
  • How to Get Lost in Beirut (photo credits), by Kris Kenway , in Sleazenation, London, July 2003, pp. 43-49.
  • Terra Incognita, dir. Ghassan Salhab, prod. Agat Films, France, 2001. Urbanism consultant & digital art director for the virtual city. ‘Un Certain Regard’ Official Selection for Cannes 2002 international film festival.
  • On realism & the observer (photo credits), by Michael Stanton, in Archis Magazine, Netherlands, Sept 2000, pp. 51-54.

 

 

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