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International Architecture Firms Donate Drawings To Architects For Beirut Charity Auction

In a bid to raise funds for rebuilding Beirut after it was rocked by explosion in August, many international architecture firms have put artworks and signed drawings up for auction.

The auction called Architects for Beirut is being hosted virtually by the Design Miami fair and will be live until the end of November, with all proceeds going to the Beirut Urban Lab. Beirut Urban Lab is planning to help reconstruct crucial infrastructure like hospitals and emergency accommodation, as well as gardens, libraries and other public spaces that hold a significance for the local community.


Items put up for sale includes Sir David Adjaye Studio's Abrahamic Family House lithograph. Also up for sale is a limited edition sculpture designed by the late Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito's Under the Cherry Trees sketch, as well as a one-off sketch by Renzo Piano.


Beirut was already going through an economic and financial crisis that paralysed the banking system and the government's capabilities to deal with the aftermath of the blast. This was made even worse with the outbreak of Covid 19.


Mistrust in the government's ability to secure foreign aid led to many small local and international NGOs reaching out to help.


A number of original, one-off artworks, which pay homage to the city of Beirut, were also created especially for the fund-raiser to support these efforts.

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