Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 22

by | 30. May 2013

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By Eva Bjerring

We have had our eyes on the challenge of preserving modernism in Lebanon, a country undergoing big changes these years, the revival of a true Picasso classic, magic drums in Copenhagen, the difficult task of rising from the ashes in New York and last but not least that longing for Friday – and yes, todays is Friday!

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To the Rescue of Modernism of Lebanon

On a daily basis modernistic architecture in Lebanon struggles to survive in the game against luxury apartment blogs Beirut, the Lebanese capital. Modernism is not on the official cultural heritage list and is therefore not considered worthy of preservation to the same extent as traditional Lebanese architecture.

The Arab Center for Architecture is the forerunner on an attempt to nraise awareness on the widespread modernistic architecture in the Middle East with the exhibition “Modern Design and Architecture in the Arab World: The Beginnings of a project” – an effort to save Lebanon’s remaining Modernist structures from destruction.

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Zervos Picasso is Back

Cahiers d’Art, one of the world’s most distinguished publishers of the visual arts, announces its plans to republish the long-out-of-print and highly sought-after Zervos Picasso Catalogue. It will now include, for the first time, an English translation of the original 1932 French text..

So here is something for anyone inspired by or just curios on the cubist master painter.

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This Week’s Win


Trylletromler by Fabric
Copenhagen will finally have its very own pavilion after international model showcasing innovative and alternative solutions within the build environment.

Dutch studio Fabric with Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn, Greta Mozzachiodi, Guillermo Lavernia, Charlotte Simpson and Ida Fløche Møller are the masterminds behind the design. The concept is based on the lifetime of the pavilion – from September 13 throughout October 13 2013 – a time of year where people tend to move around rather than stay put and picnic. 

The winning projects are on display at the Danish Architect’s Association along with the other 82 entries from May 13 to August 1, 2013.


Video of the Week

“How do we remember?”   2012, Columbia GSAPP, 71 min

“How do we remember?”

With the rebuild of WWTC in New York nearing completion now is a good time to reflect on how we remember. Designer of the World Trade Center Memorial, New York, Michael Arad, tells about the difficult task of designing on an open wound, the project ‘Reflecting Absence.’

I was concerned that if we made a memorial ground that would only function as a memorial ground, it would be cut off from the life of the city.
/ Michael Arad


A Bit of Friday Fun

Is it Friday? Yes, it is!

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