Places

Hamra, where to?

Architecture
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Take me back to Hamra Street. Not the strip of fran­chise restau­rants, or the avenue of glass-and-steel bou­tiques, or the boule­vard of fra­puc­ci­no joints, or the thor­ough­fare of parceled rub­ble piles.

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City of Now

Architecture
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Beirut is a city of dif­fer­ence: 9 lay­ers of his­to­ry lie buried under 67 square kilo­me­ters on which tiny pock­ets of art-nou­veau archi­tec­ture squeeze into a mod­ern urban land­scape co-inhab­it­ed by 18 dif­fer­ent reli­gious sects in tac­it peace.

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Why I Dislike Architects *

Architecture
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Renowned Dutch archi­tect Rem Koolhaas spoke this evening in Beirut about issues affect­ing not only the con­tem­po­rary archi­tect, but just about any­one who’s ever lived in a build­ing.

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Jad’s Day in the Park

Beirut
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I’m trans­form­ing my room into an office, and over the past month have been unearthing books, pho­tos, and oth­er bits and pieces of the past. My favorite so far is an essay my then ten-year-old broth­er Jad pre­sent­ed in English class.

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Small Town in a Big City

Architecture
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Small places present the film­mak­er with a dilem­ma: Shooting a film is an act of rev­e­la­tion, of uncov­er­ing secrets, yet the essence of a small place is often its shy­ness, its ambi­gu­i­ty, the fact that it refus­es to reveal itself.

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Walk Don’t Walk

Tokyo
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This is the sto­ry of a man who dreams of walk­ing in a gar­den. He lives in the city and his entire world is a col­lage of trains, bus­es and sub­ways.

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