Category: Architecture

The Happiness Machine

“In the Arabic word is wahashtini which means “I miss you” addressing a female. The city’s name is also female, and as I saw this hashtag on the old corniche on a day I was barely able to see the sea, I felt it was symbolic – almost as if it was a complaint from the citizens […]

On building and sustaining

Men diving. Credit: Patchwork of Narratives I woke up Sunday morning wanting to read more about Lebanon. Two of my best friends from university are from Beirut, and the uninformed, almost selfish me at the time never got around to inquire them more about their beautiful country. I know that the country at the edge […]

Allegro con brio

I was never a musician, and was never trained as a musician. Which is why when I heard about the word allegro con brio today, which means ‘at a fast tempo, and with spirit’ (literally, ‘with brilliance’) my heart swells. It is not because it is a foreign word, although I have an affinity to […]

On libraries and flight shame

I haven’t flown since November last year, and while I look forward to flying again soon-ish, I might want to reconsider the option. It was said that a flight across the Atlantic, say specifically New York to London, puts an extra 1.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide in the air, and costs $60 in environmental […]

You are made to withstand an inferno

Five years ago I decided to jump on the Eurostar train from London to embark on a solo day trip to Paris. As I arrived ready to stuff my face with all the Parisian pastries, I remembered that there was a long queue to enter the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and to be honest I almost gave […]

The underground

After much consideration, I finally decided to drag myself out of the house to watch Jordan Peele’s Us over the weekend. I am not much (OK, not at all) of a horror movie fan, but I really enjoyed Peele’s Get Out last year and was really looking forward to the new Twilight Zone. As a […]