Georges Chamoun

Beirut, Lebanon

About Georges

Bio

Architecture masters student in Beirut, currently working on my diploma project and seeking doctorate and further degrees opportunities abroad. It has been 3 years I am working in the field (Design, execution, site supervising, urban planning, restoration, archeology, project management and quantity surveying).

I'm passionate about

reading, architecture photography, industrial design, urban exploration and seeking abandoned decayed places.

Talk to me about

Anything. Literally.

My TED story

My architecture teacher told me to check TED in order to get help for my diploma project this year. I checked the website and got addicted to it. The platform is interesting. The talks, conferences and conversations are really helpful and I am looking forward to interact with intellectual people from different backgrounds and be part of this fruitful cross-cultural dialogue.

Comments & conversations

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Georges Chamoun
Posted over 1 year ago
What architectural program does a forgotten street in the capital need in order to come back to life again?
I was not sure when I first started the conversation. Basically, Fritzie's references, my teacher's and Lejan's comments helped me make up my mind. Also, I wanted to hear opinions and as you said probably wait for someone to give a better idea. Your ideas were great, really. Mine is not even better. It is just that what you are suggesting is too advanced for a city that doesn't even have a museum of arts. As for the agriculture-related-piece of arts, I know artists who might have produced some. I will definitely contact them. Thank you again Greg. I really appreciate your comments.
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Georges Chamoun
Posted over 1 year ago
What architectural program does a forgotten street in the capital need in order to come back to life again?
Actually what you are saying is 100% correct. I did ask the people living in that street and some of the people in the city. The survey is part of my project. The majority went for the arts. I agree with what you said about music but honestly, there are other students that are working on the theme and I prefer the arts since they are the more neglected in the city. As for me choosing the program, well yes. This is how the architecture diploma projects work. You get to choose the theme, the program and conceive the space and that is actually cool because that would probably your only chance to do what you want to do as an architect and try to fix a certain social problem with the project you're making. Marketing is important but that is a little too advanced for this project. Remember that this is conceptual. It won't be built in real life. That means that a reasonable program with an interesting approach and concept will do the job. I will be careful with what the museum will contain. The type of arts I mean. I am making a meticulous research and meeting up with Lebanese artists to find out what would the exhibition be built on. I am doing a good job so far but it is huge literally. I am barely sleeping. That explains the late replies by the way, I am really happy with the result of this debate. Thank you for your help Greg!
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Georges Chamoun
Posted over 1 year ago
What architectural program does a forgotten street in the capital need in order to come back to life again?
Mike it will be really great if your friend contacts me. However, I have a feeling that his factory is located in another area since Rue Monot is factory-free. Either way, hearing about his plans would be amazing. The talk you shared is really inspiring but I need an architectural program since I am an architecture student. Also, South L.A is a whole different case. Thank you anyway! :)
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Georges Chamoun
Posted over 1 year ago
What architectural program does a forgotten street in the capital need in order to come back to life again?
Well, Beirut is peaceful. That is what the world does not know. However, some areas in its suburbs aren't and that is what is giving the city its bad reputation. Hamra and Mar Mkhayel, the areas I mentioned earlier are both in Beirut. They are more attractive and "trendy" than Rue Monot is. That is why I want it to beat that in a fruitful and modern way. War (which is not here anyway) is not the problem. It is just that Rue Monot has become boring and needs something to catalyze it and art is the best catalyst. Don't you agree?
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Georges Chamoun
Posted over 1 year ago
What architectural program does a forgotten street in the capital need in order to come back to life again?
Greg Sorry for the late reply. What you suggested is amazing but I want you to know that what I will be conceiving is a modern version of a museum. It's a contemporary art hub. It will be a complex that blends exhibition (Museum) and performing arts (Event space / platforms). Trust me when I say Beirut needs both. And yes it is 3000m2 (Not meters). It has a rectangular shape and it is not as big as you think it is.
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Georges Chamoun
Posted over 1 year ago
What architectural program does a forgotten street in the capital need in order to come back to life again?
Thank you Greg for pointing this out. I did not mention what the people would want because I have already asked the ones I met while checking the site a few questions. I work right next to this street. The people are not very happy with what the street has become. It used to be an attraction for the Lebanese and the tourists. Now it is slowly dying. Furthermore, the street is famous for the night clubs, pubs and restaurants that were once located there. So practically, I am only bringing back what was lost and adding value to the street. It is not like I am forcing a whole new program on the community that lives there. As for the "arts", Beirut needs it and the Lebanese people are really interested in arts which means anyone would support a project like this.