Stories from the city…

It’s all around you, wherever you look, whatever path you take. Even if you don’t recognize it right now, you know you will soon enough. You know they will be here, there, everywhere. The people. The buildings. Noises, colors, odors. They don’t ever go away, not even in the deepest of night. Essential and lively …

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On the other’s side

History is dotted with conflicts. Freedom, territory, religion, Men always find reasons to fight against each other. Some of those fights have been going on for so many years, it seems like there is no solution. But life goes on, no matter what. People have to find ways to live, even during troubled times. They …

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The Explorers

They started by walking as far as land would go. But it takes more to stop Man from discovery. They built roads, they built boats, they built bridges, and they managed to fly. Then they painted what they saw, they wrote about it, they photographed it. What was at first a necessity for survival has …

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Talking through a wall

Some mornings are harder than others. The sky is gray, the streets are gray, even people are gray. But lately, more and more colors have popped up here and there, eyes getting caught by a drawing, a graffiti, or a funny sticker. Cities are becoming the locations of ephemeral and creative exhibitions using the streets …

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Inside the city

In Robert Silverberg’s “The World Inside“, a population of 75 billion humans live in gigantic towers occupying ten percent of the planet’s space. In Alex Proyas’ “Dark City“, people are prisoners in an oppressive and closed city where sunlight is nowhere to be seen. In Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”, the city has turned into a massive …

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The fab four

Have you ever had one of those late night conversations going on until dawn, talking about everything, elaborating theories? While those are often great moments, they rarely influence Men’s whole conception of the universe. Unless you are Empedocles. Philosopher, doctor, engineer, poet and thaumathurge, Empedocles was a busy man, who one day made the hypothesis …

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The shades that shape

Have you ever been to a dentist’s cabinet with walls painted red ? How would you like to swim in a thick black water ? Have you ever tried to have an intimate date in a white neon lighted room ? Colors matter. Everyone doesn’t experience colors the same way. In synesthesia, they are associated …

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[The Space issue] 1975 ~ 1990

A lot can change in fifteen years. A life can change. Lebanese people witnessed their whole world transform between 1975 and 1990, as their cities and homes were being destroyed by civil war. In 1991, after the war ended, a photography project was financed, among other missions, by Rafik Hariri‘s Foundation. Six photographers (René Burri …

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[The Space issue] Ghost

All over the world lie ghost towns, eternal reminders of our History. Evacuated, destroyed, or simply forgotten, years of decaying gave them an odd fascinating power. Take the most common city, empty it from all of its inhabitants, whether for a tragic  or a logical  reason, wait a few years, and you’ll obtain a fascinating …

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