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Zaitunay Bay: Beirut, Lebanon

Zaitunay Bay, located around Beirut Marina, is owned and managed by Beirut Waterfront Development Company, a 50-50 joint venture between Solidere and Stow Development Company. Access to the project is through the seaside promenade to the north, the planned Rafic Hariri Wahat waterside city park to the east, and the Beirut corniche to the south. A 400-space underground public car park was built by Solidere below the corniche.

An innovative tourist attraction designed by Steven Holl (US) and LEFT (US) with Nabil Gholam et al., the project is conceived as an urban beach. Extending the existing Beirut corniche and the new sea promenade, a series of overlapping platforms, reminiscent of sea waves, provide outdoor spaces and public areas for displaying artwork.

Of the two major project components, the Quayside Restaurant Strip with specialty stores has become the city center’s new destination; the Yacht Club building is nearing completion. The Quayside Restaurant Strip, compriing 17 restaurants and five retail outlets, stretches along Beirut Marina, from the site’s western limit to the Yacht Club building on the east. The one-floor construction remains below street level, with the roofs forming a continuation of the corniche. The landscape design for the entry plaza, quayside and corniche sidewalk, create open-air terraces in the form of a ‘stone beach’ over the restaurants and shops.

The Yacht Club accommodates three basement levels; exclusive commercial shops at marina level; a yacht club and 53 state-of-the-art furnished and serviced apartments on the upper three levels, with one, two and three bedrooms.

(Source:, via thisbigcity)

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Transformers is real!!

What’s the secret ingredient to developing a sustainable high-rise? You may be surprised to find out that it’s wood; particularly cross-laminated timber. Several recent publications have highlighted this type of construction. CLT is an engineered wood that is created by cross-layering, gluing and pressing beams of wood together up to a foot thick. The result is “plywood on steroids” as referred to in a March Popular Science Article. The competition among architects for the next tallest wood high-rise has started and the race is heating up.

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On the contrary, architecture students can definitely live disciplined lives. It’s about time management and setting priorities; a routine that takes some time to find and get used to. I’ll share with you how I went about getting setting a routine:
I just finished my undergrad and I found my routine in third year. My first year was complete shit; I had no sense of time, priorities, or tasks. Being social was more important and the amount of work didn’t match with that. I’m not saying I couldn’t have friends, but I should have been more selective of my time and where I spent it on.
Second year was a slap in the face with project after project; there was so much work that I felt like it was the only thing I was doing. First part of third year was similar, but then the second part I start to plan out my tasks better.
Fourth year become much easier to handle because I would arrive in studio at 7 in the morning everyday (I’ve done so since second year) but this time around actually do work and focus, because I know later on in the day I’m going to take breaks for lunch, coffee, or socializing. After classes I stay in studio to work till about 6 in the evening and that’s when my day ends. After 6, I don’t do work (unless it’s really needed with deadlines and such) to spend the night with my son and fiancé.
So the idea is to set priorities, plan your time wisely, and focus! I’ve grown comfortable with this routine and I can’t wait to continue it in M.Arch this fall.
I hope this helps you all get an idea of how long it actually can take for you to find your rhythm. Some people are lucky and find their routine right away or not. Try and find what works for you, what makes you get work done while also fulfilling your other personal needs in life.
For some reference read my posts:
How do you manage your time in architecture school?
What are the pros and cons of being an architecture student?

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