December 20, 2012
November 8, 2012
Photographs by Mario Razzouk and Mosbah Assi
Portal 9 celebrated the release of its inaugural issue, “The Imagined,” with a free improvised music performance in the Gold Souks in Beirut Central District, Lebanon. The launch event, which took place on the evening of Sunday, November 4, 2012, drew a crowd of two hundred readers, writers, academics, architects, urban planners, and designers.
November 1, 2012
Photograph by Eman Ali
At the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Bahrain won the Golden Lion for its debut national participation with the exhibition “Reclaim Bahrain.” The entry was as smart as it was simple – the implantation of coastal fishing huts from Bahrain into one of the biennale’s two main sites, the Arsenale. The huts’ peaceful presence was supposed to stoke a conversation about preservation, not just of buildings but also coastlines (reviewed here). Returning after a debut win and with the same curator is unquestionably tough. Those conditions, combined with the unrest that has shaken Bahrain since 2010, made it a year when you could say Bahrain was brave just to show up.
October 1, 2012

For Portal 9’s second issue, I am writing a review of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, better known as the Venice Architecture Biennale. Since the issue will be out after the show closes in late November, the editorial team thought it would be a good idea to post a critical guide to some of the installations and national participations – a mix of what moved me, in a good or bad way. 

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Photographs by Mario Razzouk and Mosbah Assi
Photograph by Eman Ali
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