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Democracy and design Today’s spotlight features a photograph, taken by Sham Sthankiya, of Hashim Sarkis.

The town of Byblos, in Lebanon, is several thousand years old. Indeed, it may be the oldest continuously inhabited place in the world. But now this ancient settlement is the site of a sleek new modernist town hall: three angular cubes linked by a glass-encased ground floor, set in a park. In a fitting match of architect and project, the building’s designer is Hashim Sarkis, dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning.

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