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The Yacoubian building in Beirut, Lebanon, a glamorous apartment complex when first built in the 1960s, has been adapted by its residents during the tumultuous intervening decades. These drawings do away with the architectural understanding of the building as a freestanding object: it is a frame for furniture, defensive protrusions, environmental adaptations, and supplementary conduits for water and information alike. A metric diagram weighs the concrete and rebar forming the initial frame against material accumulated by the residents.
with Adede Amenyah, James Brillon, Matt Davis, Xiao Wei Lim, Veronica Watson, Laura Wu, Shuosong Zhang.
ZIAD JAMALLEDIN, CRITIC