Silence room

Silence room

If you happen to be in London, don’t miss the Design Biennale at the Somerset House until September 23rd.

For Dezeen, design editor Augusta Pownall picked Nathalie Harb’s project The Silent Room as one of the 10 installations not to miss at this year’s Biennale!

We had the chance to see her (then pink) silent room during Beirut Design Week last year and we’re thrilled to know she’s now showcased in London. The Silent Room promotes “silence as a form of resistance”. 
A meditative experience awaits you in this isolated room, standing in protest against noise pollution and jungle urbanism.

We say yes to more silence.. and art !

10x12cm art

10x12cm art

Check out this wonderful collection of artwork from Lebanon’s most talented artists including Gregory Buchakjian, Ziad Antar, Nada Sehnaoui, Tanya Traboulsi, Raed Yassin, Jamil Molaeb, Mazen Kerbaj, Flavia Codsi, Lara Tabet, Cynthia Zaven, Myriam Boulos, Charbel Haber, Ely Dagher, Karen Chekerdjian, Marwan Rechmaoui, Carlo Massoud and many more!

Imago Mundi Art is the collection of works commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world, involving, on a voluntary and non-profit basis, established and emerging artists from many different countries. Each of them has created a work whose only restriction is its 10×12 cm format, contributing to the creation of a remarkable artistic geography.

The collection, under the auspices of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche (established upon the wishes of the Benetton family to support and raise awareness of the wealth of landscape, cultural and artistic heritage), has no commercial ambitions, but aims to unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience. The goal is to catalogue works, inspirations and ideas, in order to pass down to future generations the widest possible mapping of the situation of human cultures at the start of the third millennium.”

Urban explorers

Urban explorers

What is urban exploration? Also called UE, urbex, infiltration or reality hacking, urban exploration is about searching, documenting, exploring and mapping man-made structures, hidden treasures, forbidden places, abandoned buildings, ruins.. As long as the site is no longer in use and sometimes off-limits.
Open a door, sneak in, cross a fence, take a picture, share with the world.

Here is one of Lebanon’s best Urban explorers.
beirut.forget.me.nots Discovering old Beirut and Lebanon through its abandoned gems.
We love her Instagram account!

Jabal Moussa Mountain Loop

Jabal Moussa Mountain Loop

If you are looking for a place to hike, incredible scenery and wonderful flora and fauna, this is one of the most beautiful natural reserves in Lebanon, Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa celebrated their 10 year anniversary a few days ago and inaugurated a new hiking trail which connects all the trails in what is now called the Jabal Moussa Mountain Loop.

The Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 6,500 hectares and is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves Network. Pierre Doumet, Founder and President of the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa says that ecotourism brought 22,000 visitors to the reserve last year! The Association hopes to show the importance of protecting our ressources and nature.

Check out the article in The Daily Star here.

 

The story of Oum Ali

You might have tasted her delicious Saj at Souk el Tayeb on Saturdays.. This is the story of Oum Ali who puts her heart, strength and soul into keeping the culinary traditions of her village alive. Watch this beautiful short documentary directed & produced by Nay Aoun (funded by USAID). Thank you Slow Food Beirut for striving …

Mosaïque recyclée et record mondial

Mosaïque recyclée et record mondial

Un record mondial au Liban pour une mosaïque de 971,37 mètres carrés faite à partir de déchêts recyclables (9 530 pièces en plastique, 4 185 cannes, 2 776 morceaux d’aluminium et 1 062 fragments de verre).
Un fantastique projet pour sensibiliser les libanais au recyclage.
Bravo à toute l’équipe qui a confectionné cette mosaïque, un travail de titan!

L’article de l’Orient Le Jour pour plus d’infos, ici.