Yacoub/Lasserre’s Beirut is a Magnificent City. Synoptic Pictures is produced by Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, as part of the Contemporary Arab Represenations series of publications. The book is being published in two editions: English/Spanish and, in coproduction with Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, French/German.

In this book Yacoub/Lasserre focus on “the expressiveness of territories” and their aesthetical and political implications in Lebanon today. They critically summarize the effects and changes in the perception of the aspects and uses of territories, in conflict zones and elsewhere, by identifying and documenting a whole range of material and formal structures in a dynamic and polemic way.