Architect Rana Haddad and artist and designer Pascal Hachem, both based in Beirut, talk about working in cities during a time of war, where architecture often becomes a temporary intervention in contested territory.
Haddad and Hachem say: 'We are the product of the war ... We choose to look at Beirut as it stands today: a city riddled with danger, yet ripe with potential. Learning to embrace whatsoever experience that comes to us.'
Haddad and Hachem are in Wellington on a residency hosted by public-art programme Letting Space.
About the speakers
Rana Haddad, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, is an established architect. Pascal Hachem is an artist and designer. Their work responds to their everyday life experience and shifting conditions, culminating in temporary installations. Highly politicised, it takes on bold issues through provocative installations, objects and performances. After 20 years of experience within public institutions, they have been working in found public spaces in Turkey, Lebanon and Italy.
This talk is presented in partnership with Letting Space and supported by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch.