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Byblos Town Hall Architecture at the service of human relations

Hashim Sarkis Studios

Asia | Jbeil

As we know, architectural form has a special relationship with time. It has no choice: it can only be non-contemporary, or anachronistic, if for no other reason than the time it takes from inception to implementation, which is to say, from the moment it is independent of its creators. That is why architectural form remains detached from its own temporal context. During the 20th Century, the rhetoric of the Zeitgeist was often used by Modernist architects who were eager to demonstrate the contemporaneity of the formal solutions they adopted so as to be considered contemporary by their peers. To achieve this, many thought (and still think) that being contemporary means seeking a formal equivalent of the dominant rhetoric of their day, without questioning if it might be devious. In doing so, most of them have managed to be punctual for all unimportant dates of the architect’s job (dates...

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