Architecture: The Wrong Approach

When: Wed, July 29, 7pm – 9pm, 2015
Where: Black Box, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Free
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Bernard Khoury studied architecture at the Rhode Island school of Design and received a Masters in Architectural studies from Harvard University. In 2001, he was awarded by the municipality of Rome the honorable mention of the Borromini prize given to architects under 40 years of age. In 2004, he was awarded the Architecture + Award.

He is the co-founder of the Arab Center for Architecture. He was a visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and the American University of Beirut. He was the co-curator and architect of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national pavilion at the Venice Biennale’s 14th International Architecture Exhibition 2014. Over the past 15 years, his office has developed an international reputation and a significant diverse portfolio of projects both locally and abroad.

The Wrong Approach, a book written by Bernard Khoury, investigates the various events and personalities that shaped the context within which architect Bernard Khoury had to operate; particularly that of Beirut as it emerged from the early post-war 1990s up to its present state of uncontrolled dissonance. In keeping with the architects approach, the book is brimming with contradictions and does not seek to portray his work in light of consensual definitions of context and territory; rather than an attempt to theorise the architects motivations and objectives, it reads like a sort of counter-manifesto. Even though the narrative begins to unfold at the very start of Khoury's career, it deviates from a generic timeline resume taking on the rhythm of a story punctuated by bullet-points: projects and events that were critical in forming the architects approach and his resistance against the prevailing trends of the profession.  [tl;dr: The author discusses a counter view of contemporary architecture.]

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