International call for architectural ideas for a memorial in Beirut to Mark the site of the tragic explosion in 2020.
Humankind’s need to confront death, tragedy and loss has inspired great works of art, music, poetry and architecture. Burial chambers, cemeteries, gardens of remembrance and memorials tell us countless stories and reflect us, our times and our culture.
The need to leave a Mark, to master the scar, is part of a healing process, part of closure, part of starting anew. It is a great challenge to create a place where people can sense a threshold, where people can communicate with the beyond or just with their inner self, a place where they can find peace in hope or acceptance.
A couple of images from our contribution to the calling for ideas.
Due to Corona, the importance of distance learning and online education has increased significantly worldwide. At this international symposium of Gulf University, Bahrain Ruairí O’Brien (Head of Architecture and Visual Design Department, German University in Cairo) will speak about his experiences in online teaching and ways to compensate for the missing personal contact.
Date: December 9, 2020, 9:00 to 16:30 (German Time 7:00 to 14:30)
On October 10 and 11, 2020 will take place the first Hybrid International Conference “The Path to City Resilience” at MSA University in Cairo / Egypt with numerous renowned experts from the fields of architecture and urbanism. The conference, with a hybrid structure of online and offline formats, will focus on innovative solutions for resilient urban systems and the formation of a dynamic and healthy society. Ruairí O’Brien is one of the main speakers.
The Architecture Summit: Egypt 2020 takes place from August 6 to 9 in online format. Egyptian and international speakers will share their experiences in the field of architecture. The summit includes various lectures, talks, discussions, architecture competitions, workshops and more.
Ruairí O’Brien is participating in the summit with two lectures/talks:
Day 2 – 7th of August, 10:00, „Architecture. From Dusk Till Dawn“
Day 2 – 7th of August, 14:00, “The Art Of Good Lighting Design”
O’Brien is a professor and head of the Department for Architecture and Visual Design at the German University in Cairo.
Further information is available at: https://thearchsummit.com/
Last Sunday, in the presence of Saxony’s Prime
Minister Michael Kretschmer, the MuseumMobil of the Erich Kästner Museum was
inaugurated. The “MuMo”, which was conceived and designed by Ruairí
O’Brien, is a yellow VW Crafter with a mobile exhibition on the life and work
of Erich Kästner inside. It will be on tour in Germany from September and
invites people of all ages to discover the Kästner cosmos in an individual and