Oscar Niemeyer’s Permanent International Fairground in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Photo © UNESCO Beirut Office
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The 15 monumental structures that make up Tripoli's Rashid Karami International Fair have been largely forgotten.The deteriorating modernist experiment has now caught the eye of UNESCO and the Getty Foundation, which last week announced that the complex was the first Lebanese site to be added to their Keeping It Modern initiative. A conservation grant of $1.7million has been allocated to 11 international sites, including the Tripoli fairground. The first stone of Tripoli's Permanent International Fairground was laid in October 1963 and the site remained incomplete as the country slipped into civil war in 1975 .UNESCO also announced that the fair has been accepted onto the Indicative World Heritage List a significant step forward after long efforts that means the site is now being considered for full World Heritage List status.Alongside the new grantees, the Getty Foundation announced the launch of their online library portal, which will be used for sharing the technical reports and conservation plans that are the result of completed Keeping It Modern projects.
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