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Nadim Karam and Paul Kaloustian at the ‘Atlas of the Unbuilt World’

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ArchiLeb was invited to nominate projects from Lebanon for the ‘Atlas of the Unbuilt World’ exhibition, which is the British Council’s International Showcase for the London Festival of Architecture 2013. The purpose was to provide a snap-shot of a new world through architecture by showing models, both process and presentation, of future projects from around the globe. The exhibition presented a landscape of innovative and exciting architectural projects and foregrounded the crucial role of the model as a design tool.

The projects had to be real, either in planning/construction phases but already approved. These to be built in Lebanon and designed by a firm/architect based in Lebanon.

Two projects from Lebanon, by Nadim Karam and Paul Kaloustian, were selected based on ArchiLeb’s recommendation, and were displayed as part of the exhibition at the Bartlett School of Architecture in central London.

Through collaboration with international partners, Atlas of the Unbuilt World offered a glimpse of how the built landscape is taking shape around the globe - from a UNESCO World Heritage Site Museum which takes its cue from an excavated artefact, to a utopian mass social housing project in Indonesia, and a Swedish town which will literally move location over the next 30 years.

Over 60 architectural models gathered from across the world were displayed for visitors to investigate and compare. The exhibition charted the architectural future of the many countries represented, featuring work by some of the most exciting practices and emerging studios picked from nearly every continent, each model encompassed a project which will be constructed over the coming months or years.

New technology challenges the way architects relate to their unbuilt projects, especially in parts of the world which do not normally rely on architectural models. A series of events and workshops accompanied the exhibition which also featureed 3D printing demonstrations producing models of new architectural projects from around the globe.

'House in a Forest' by Paul Kaloustian

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