Nadim Karam


An architect who is also painter, sculptor, and urban artist. Nadim Karam works on creating dreams for cities. With Atelier Hapsitus, the pluri-disciplinary company he founded in Beirut, he has made large scale urban art projects for cities including Beirut, Kwangju, Korea, Prague, Nothing Hill, London, Tokyo and Nara. In 2006,  The Travellers by Victoria State and the City of the Melbourne. This huge permanent urban art installation tels the story of migrants to Australia thought ten three- story of high sculptures which move across a bridge and back at set times each day, creating an urban clock for the city and what has become the first moving art work in the world.

Currently, one of his prominent projects is the Cloud, inspired by the city of Dubai. Standing at a height of approximately 300 meters, it is a huge floating garden in the sky resembling a cloud.

Nadim Karam has taught at the University of Tokyo and American University of Beirut, and was a Dean of Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design at Notre Dame University in Lebanon from 2000-2003. His 1997-2000 urban art project for central Beirut was selected amongst five urban projects worlwide by the Van Allen Institute at New York in 2002 for their exhibiton and publication Remembering.

Nadim Karam has exhibited his work in the Liverpool, and Kwangju Art and the Venice Architecture Bienalles and curated the Lebanese participation for the first Rotterdam Bienalle. He regularly gives lectures at universities and international conferences worldwide. He currently focusing on the study of the rapidy mutating Arab cities, their evolving needs and forms of cultural expression tought projects such as the interior design for Villa Moda Qatar flagship store, a landscape proposal for the airport of Kuwait and The Cloud urban proposal for Dubai. In 2007 he was commissioned an outdoor installation in Bastakiya, Dubai and an exhibiton of painting and sculptures entitled Clouds & Chairs at Sultan Gallery,Kuwait.

Three books on his works have been published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, London VOYAGE (2000) and Urban Toys (2006) and The Cloud, the Desert and the Arabian Brezee (2007)

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