tutor | mustapha saleh
ARCHITECTURE OF WAR: DESTRUCTION TO REBIRTH
We could either look back, and stay back, or we can be present and project a better future.
“Architecture and war are not incompatible. Architecture is war. War is architecture. I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms. I am one of millions who do not fit in, who have no home, no family, no doctrine, no firm place to call my own, no known beginning or end, no “sacred and primordial site.” I declare war on all icons and finalities, on all histories that would chain me with my own falseness, my own pitiful fears. I know only moments, and lifetimes that are as moments, and forms that appear with infinite strength, then “melt into air.” I am an architect, a constructor of worlds, a sensualist who worships the flesh, the melody, a silhouette against the darkening sky. I cannot know your name. Nor you can know mine. Tomorrow, we begin together the construction of a city.” LW
The area of intervention will be Beirut’s traumatized area: (all the neighborhoods that have been hit by the explosion).
The people are not the same people anymore. They have been traumatized, ripped off from their comfort zones, they acquired a sense of insecurity, and they deserve a reinvented opportunity to relive and refunction in injected contemporary Healing Spaces.
The healing Programs can go through, Redefining Beirut’s Residential units, Workshop spaces, Co-working spaces, Healing centers, Centers for the Elderly, Agricultural production houses, Orphanages, etc…
The aim of this studio is to examine the conventional ways of living working and retailing, and reinvent them to fit in deformed, unfamiliar spaces. Spaces that are dynamic to relive in contemporary manner, and adapt to future usages.
This is to be planned ahead, and not a result of future incidents.