WHEN THE FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT WE DIDN’T WEAR SHADES

Donghia-Master-Class_1516_Bernard-Khoury_1BERNARD KHOURY, the 2015-2016 Donghia Designer-in-Residence, is leading fifteen Architecture/Landscape/Interiors juniors and seniors in a one-week project, “WHEN THE FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT WE DIDN’T WEAR SHADES.”

 

 

 

Bernard Khoury is asking students to “…construct an individual story; to generate a scheme of reanimation…” of the remaining edifices of the Tripoli International Fair, which had been “…commissioned to Oscar Niemeyer shortly after 1958 when Fouad Chehab was appointed President of the young Lebanese Republic.”

Khoury began by presenting the historical, political, and physical contexts of the Tripoli International Fair to Donghia students (Erim Ayhan, Paulina Benavides, Levina Djajadi, Adam Harris, Maegan Iamjan, Yelin Lee, Amanda Hirsch, Khadijah MIralam, Sarah Ng, Darien Noguchi, Tommy Peng, Tamara Suprobo Putri, Michelle Tiet, Raymond Tran, and Kelvin Tseng) during the first class on March 17, 2016.

Students were then asked to find nine “subjective” events each, one per decade from 1915 to 2015, to “narrate a sociopolitical trail,” which they presented on Friday, March 18, 2016.

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March 17, 2016
top left and right: Bernard Khoury (in black shirt, with beard) presenting the historical, political, and physical contexts of the Tripoli International Fair to Donghia students

March 18, 2016
middle left: Presentation of one subjective event: the Lebanese Rocket Society, which developed into the Lebanese space program and produced the first rockets of the Arab World
middle right: Presentation of one subjective event: “The Third Man,” double agent Kim Philby, who lived in Beirut prior to escaping to Moscow
bottom left and right: Donghia students with Bernard Khoury (in black suit, with beard) selecting edifices of Tripoli International Fair as the sites for their individual interventions

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