Inventions for Future Humans at Beirut Design Week

As part of the “Speculative Needs XOXO” exhibition at Beirut Design Week, 150+ Lebanese design and architecture students have presented artistic creations that address future human needs springing up thanks to anti-social technological developments. While the concept seems heavy, the approaches taken by many of the young creatives are playful, colorful and clever. From goggles called “Face Brace” which aid users in re-learning how to …

The Middle East’s First All-Women Roller Derby Team

For the first time, roller derby has made its way to Lebanon, and Beirut’s first all-women team is smashing stereotypes across the country. As Huck magazine says, it’s a sport “which is physically grueling and dominated by women, has always embodied defiance” but the individuals on this team are just as impressive when not playing their roller derby roles. Almost all the team members are …

Beirut: Gibraltar

Set in a dreamscape-like, trash-filled version of Gibraltar, with its famed Rock nothing more than a purple landfill, Beirut’s brand new video (for the appropriately titled track “Gibraltar“) manages to be both charming and inventive. The track itself, off of the forthcoming album No No No, finds lead singer Zach Condon’s warm vocals resting atop keyboards and congo drums. It’s the second preview the band …