anthony saroufim documents niemeyer's unfinished rashid karami fairgrounds in lebanon
 
anthony saroufim documents niemeyer's unfinished rashid karami fairgrounds in lebanon anthony saroufim documents niemeyer's unfinished rashid karami fairgrounds in lebanon
jul 19, 2016

anthony saroufim documents niemeyer's unfinished rashid karami fairgrounds in lebanon

anthony saroufim documents niemeyer’s unfinished rashid karami fairgrounds in lebanon

 

 

 

at the site of the ‘rashid karami international fairgrounds’ in tripoli, lebanon’s second-largest city, are located the unfinished remains of an architectural vision. brazilian architect oscar niemeyer was commissioned in 1963 to design the grounds, a project that was abruptly discontinued in 1975 when the country plummeted into civil war.

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ampitheatre and the arch
images © anthony saroufim

 

 

 

fifteen concrete structures still stand in partial completion, their 10,000 hectare plot a vast frame that evokes notions of progress and set-back. documented by photographer anthony saroufim, the stagnant environment offers a potent view of one country’s still-close history.

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floating theatre


indoor theatre

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the indoor theather’s decayed interior

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base of the arch

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the arch

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the ‘rashid karami international fairgrounds’ as documented by anthony saroufim


the 10,000 hectare complex was designed by brazilian architect oscar niemeyer

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space museum with backdrop of modern tripoli

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standing beneath the arch


ampitheatre

 

 

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edited by: nick brink | designboom

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  • This “10,000 hectares” line keeps coming up in references to the Expo site. Clearly wrong – that would be bigger than the whole city of Tripoli!

    Grant O'Neill says:

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