ARCHMARATHON 2015 Beirut http://www.archmarathon.com/
For the period of three amazingly fast paced days, full of good energy and futuristic optimism, an architectural marathon took place at the coastal cultural hub City of Beirut...
October 2015, a month dedicated by the UN agency, the UN-Habitat for the celebration of #Cities worldwide namely #UrbanOctober. A celebration asserting on the quality of our livable cities, its challenges, ... and shared common spaces, how to improve and advance better healthy lives at them. The topic in itself can be described by professionals as one of the most debatable topics around the globe, as there are many conferences held about it in the past, present and certainly many more to come in the future.
42 Mediterranean based design studios were selected to showcase their most built architectural design projects within the period of the last five years. each architect and design studio had a time of nearly 20 minutes to represent their work, describe the project's details, urban constraints, challenges and its lively overall context.
so for the days of the October 8th, 9th and 10th a general public review took place in order to select a winning design project for each specified category established by the organizers.
This public review was held in a rather open transparent jury Style, where remarks, suggestions, praises and encouragements were conducted by each member of the Mediterranean jury member in the most positive manner possible, so an atmosphere of win-win situation was happening...
To me personally as an observer I felt highly included within the decision-making process of the jury and enlightened by different views on architectural, building design and construction processes.
Coming from Syria with a fairly good recent distant from the profession, this rapid style of organisation and presentation was one of the best remedies for all these long years of Conflict and war news.
One of the amazing outcomes of the ARCHMARATHON was that famous and practicing architects were part of the participants, close to the public, an easier interaction and networking can occur, which is not the norm in the MENA region or the Arab-World...
Finally, I wish all Syrians and war-torn nations a fast recovery of bloody crisis and even a faster come-backs to their normal lives and once occupied professions...
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