723. Tripoli. International Fair Centre

Dear Philip,

The Rashid Karami International Fair in Tripoli was
commissioned to Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer
in 1963, but construction was interrupted by the
Lebanese civil war in 1975 and never completed.
The immense complex remains largely abandoned
and it has become a famous contemporary set of ruins.
This is the perfect example of the kind of abandoned
and dismissed urban areas that Rem Koolhaas named
in his "The Generic City" as "Third Landscape",
ironically in Tripoli, whose name means triple city.


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