Beirut - Lebanon will participate for the first time at the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme "The Place that Remains". The Biennale will run from May 26 to November 25, 2018 and is now in its 16th edition. Details of the project were given at a press conference held under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Culture and organized in cooperation with the Order of Engineers and Architects. The press conference, which took place at the Order's premises, was held in the presence of the Minister of Culture H.E. Dr. Ghattas Khoury, the Minister of Defense H.E. Mr. Yaacoub Sarraf, the Italian ambassador H.E. Mr. Massimo Marotti, MP Ghassan Moukhaiber, Director of the Geographic Affairs of the Lebanese Army General Moustapha Mouslimani, the President of the Order of Engineers and Architects Mr. Jad Tabet, and the Curator of the Lebanese Pavilion, architect Hala Younes, and representatives from participating universities and institutions. In his speech, the Minister of Culture stated: "We ought to applaud this project which is the result of the joint efforts of a number of institutions. I hope that this cooperation will serve as an example to all of us - politicians, businessmen and researchers - proving that constructive support always pays off. He added: "With the Order of Engineers and Architects, we are preserving what remains of the historic buildings in Beirut and in all regions. We have studied the question of setting up committees to draw up a general inventory in all regions".