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Beirut Hedonist Urbanism

L.E.F.T. Architects | DW5 Bernard Khoury | Machado and Silvetti Asociates | Steven Holl Architects | Vladimir Djurovic

Asia | Beirut

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Crossroads between three continents. Gateway to the East. Paris of the East. The conglomeration that goes by the name of Beirut seems to have a built-in capacity for stimulating the word mint that pre- dates globalization. As of late a new label is becoming increasingly popular for the capital of Lebanon: “Las Vegas of the Med”. Everyone seems to agree: a new hedonism has found hospitality on Lebanese shores. Is this hedonism a reflection of Beirut’s mythical joie de vivre? Or is it induced by Beirut’s new urbanism? Is it possible to theorize such parallelism? And, if so, to what ultimate metaphor does it aspire? Parallelisms are always problematic yet the scale at which the phenomenon is occurring is so overwhelming that it must mean something. Could Beirut be the final arena of the cultural disconnect between words and what they imply? Confusion between languages,...

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