The architectural urbanism of Jihad vs McWorld

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Électricité du Liban Headquarters, J. Aractingi, J. Nasser, P. Neema and J.N. Conan (CETA), Beirut, Lebanon, 1965-1972. © Arab Center for Architecture, Pierre Neema Collection.

“It is this complex and contingent understanding of the Arab city that makes clear the impossibility of architecture existing, in any meaningful way, outside or beyond its context…Projects like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the reconstruction of Beirut participate in the larger saga of global architecture and urban development, and as such they underscore not only architects’ powerlessness in the face of global capital but also the continuing capacity of buildings…As a site both imaginary and real, the Arab city is located at the intersection of much of what’s now at stake for architecture

Amale Andraos regarding the The Arab City, over at Places Journal.

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