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Architecture, the City and its Scale: Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon

Lahoud, AJ; (2013) Architecture, the City and its Scale: Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon. The Journal of Architecture , 18 (6) pp. 809-834. 10.1080/13602365.2013.856931. Green open access

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Abstract

Drawing on a theoretical concept of scalar individuation in which the genesis of scale is understood according to ontological, epistemic and discursive registers, this paper deploys the notion of scale as a problematic in order to open a new space for critical insight into a little-known project by Oscar Niemeyer, the Rachid Karame Fair and Exposition site in Tripoli, Lebanon. It argues against the idea of unity, in terms of authorship and reception, put forward by proponents and critics of modernism. It demonstrates the way different and often paradoxical forms of scalar rationality can co-exist within a single project. Moreover, the individuation of specific scalar problems within the project are located within an historical context that reveals the inherently contingent nature of architectural claims with respect to the political.

Type: Article
Title: Architecture, the City and its Scale: Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13602365.2013.856931
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13602365.2013.856931
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1388142
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