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“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 […]

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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.

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MonoPolyPolis: Banknotes & Beirut

Money in Lebanon is perhaps the single most common denominator between the 18 or so communities that make up the Lebanese mosaic. The failure to recognise the importance of national currency as an archive of culture, is as dangerous as the systematic eradication of cultural heritage, as in the example of the Beirut Central District.

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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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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.


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