Archinect - News 2014-12-17T21:30:41-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116076935/from-beirut-open-letter-to-mr-rem-koolhaas From Beirut: Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-16T11:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T16:43:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/581xvhernmk7srhw.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the above, we are appealing to you in your roles as founder and lead architect of the firm, and as an educator and a public intellectual, to side by us in advocating to your client, but also to planning and urban authorities in Beirut the preservation of a site with unique characteristics, and withdraw services on this project. If such advocacy efforts falter, we urge you to dissociate yourself and your firm from this contentious project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1452074595037881/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests</a>, letters to officials,<a href="http://www.beirutreport.com/2014/05/the-fight-for-dalieh-one-of-beiruts.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/19679" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media mobilization</a>. We are writing today to alert you to the disturbing facts behind the project, and solicit your support in outlining an alternative vision for Beirut&rsquo;s seafront.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115653943/new-kid-on-the-block-soma-s-mixed-use-bobo-in-beirut-begins-foundation-work New kid on the block: SOMA's mixed-use Bobo in Beirut begins foundation work Justine Testado 2014-12-10T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfdvsb6d3zm2y4lq.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The distinctive BOBO building by New York-based <a href="http://archinect.com/soma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a> will be the new kid on the block in Beirut's Mar Mikhael district. The design SOMA came up with for the residential building, which recently began foundation work, consists of a steel exoskeleton tied to a concrete core that will cantilever over an existing house that is located at the end of a row of structures dating back to the 1920s.</p><p>BOBO's developer, Zardman, was not allowed to demolish the house's fa&ccedil;ade. To work around this condition, the house was gutted and excavated six floors underground. Once built, BOBO will have a total of 11 stories, 13 residences (including a penthouse duplex), and retail on ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eobyb6qjz9ne9qrm.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azxumx0vyd05jbci.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c78wqsz7tydxjbn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38be1giha6uuqgqf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nb/nb4hmybnr5l44xcm.jpg"></p><p>More images in the gallery below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107648182/nimbys-go-to-court-over-modern-home-zaha-gets-an-apology-global-warming-rages-on-news-round-up-for-august-25-2014 NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vtxfdi8z3dbl47e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T21:21:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/628d385585e3ec64fb92acee1f87741a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a breezy summer afternoon here in the newly renovated Sanayeh Garden, children are climbing the monkey bars, pedaling on bikes and kicking a ball by the huge water fountain in the park&rsquo;s center. [...] While this would be an ordinary scene in Paris, New York or Singapore, it&rsquo;s practically a new invention for today&rsquo;s residents of Beirut. Functional public parks have been virtually nonexistent here for decades.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85458375/morphosis-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut Justine Testado 2013-10-31T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T00:35:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rl/rlzju0cuensrosjr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From six finalists to three and finally to one, Morphosis Architects will be designing the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as announced by The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) earlier this week. Morphosis won against top-name contenders Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam / AECOM. All top three teams advanced to the competition's final round of presentations and interviews. Submitting designs weren't a requirement.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81083221/shortlist-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut-now-down-to-three-finalists" target="_blank">Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81083221/shortlist-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut-now-down-to-three-finalists Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists Alexander Walter 2013-09-04T21:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T17:36:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17b32fb04e96935991452758b5a08a31.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Stage 2 shortlist for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon has now been narrowed down even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) reports, these three design teams were selected for Stage 3 evaluation:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro</li> <li> Mack Scogin Merrill Elam / AECOM</li> <li> Morphosis Architects</li> </ul><p> Earlier this year in June, the Stage 1 shortlist still included Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Yazdani Studio.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75580843/ds-r-morphosis-vi-oly-and-holl-among-finalists-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R, Morphosis, Vi&ntilde;oly and Holl Among Finalists for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85458375/morphosis-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75580843/ds-r-morphosis-vi-oly-and-holl-among-finalists-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut DS+R, Morphosis, Viñoly and Holl Among Finalists for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T13:28:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T17:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d217uxxqbdno5skc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted teams are:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro</li> <li> Mack Scogin Merrill Elam/AECOM</li> <li> Morphosis Architects</li> <li> Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects</li> <li> Steven Holl Architects</li> <li> Yazdani Studio</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81083221/shortlist-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut-now-down-to-three-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE 2:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85458375/morphosis-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67116869/district-s-by-allies-and-morrison-architects-wins-at-national-urban-design-awards District//S by Allies and Morrison Architects Wins at National Urban Design Awards Alexander Walter 2013-02-07T17:02:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:38:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lm0g8xxmu9cqdecm.jpg" width="514" height="682" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The residential development District//S in Beirut, Lebanon has been awarded the Francis Tibbalds Prize for best Practice Project at the UK's National Urban Design Awards 2013. The prize was presented to the designers of the project, London-based Allies and Morrison Architects, at a ceremony held last night at London&rsquo;s Royal Overseas League.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>