[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 [...]Full Story »
Competition and Provocation| beirut, Competition, event urbanism, martyrsfestival, memory, metaphor, postwar, and quantum urbanism
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).
“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 [...]
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 [...]
For many travellers visiting a new city, the first impression is everything… yet most interesting cities hide their true character behind a facade of images and sounds that overwhelm the visitor’s senses by their sheer newness. This generally makes for a very shallow form of tourism that, although often interesting enough by itself, gives a [...]
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 [...]
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.
Hyperbody / Non-Standard and Interactive Architecture (PDF) Hyperbody, as a cutting edge ICT driven research and design department, has over the years developed intricate academia and praxis based connections with some of the world’s leading professionals, institutes as well as industrial practices. Some of our prominent connections include Marcos Novak (University of California, Santa Barbara,USA), [...]
Competition, Paper, and Provocation
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.
The very interesting new issue of The Journal of Design Strategies, guest edited by Jamer Hunt (he of the MFA in Trans-disciplinary Design at Parsons the New School for Design), is finally online. It includes articles and Reviews by: Jamer Hunt, Anne Burdick, Anna Valtonen, Yochai Benkler, Marije Vogelzang, Andrew Blauvelt, Natalie Jeremijenko, Nigel Snoad, [...]Full Story »