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Tue 11.12.2013

BEIRUT NOW | A Panel On Urban Landscape's Conflicting Desires

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs

When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Where: At The Center   

This panel will address the present state of affairs in the reconstruction planning of Beirut in general and of selected districts in particular. Panelists will discuss the downtown district and its souks, as well as the Gemayzeh, Mar Mikhail and Bourj Hammoud neighborhoods. The panel will address significant issues in the reconstruction process. It will take up the challenges of maintaining and revitalizing Beirut, a city long-renowned for its cultural heterogeneity, as well as its symbolic meaning to present and former residents and the wider world.

Speakers
Containing the Urban Void
Rodolphe El-Khoury, Director of Urban Design, University of Toronto and Partner, Khoury Levit Fong
His books include: Monolithic Architecture; Architecture: in Fashion; Shaping the City: Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design; and See Through Ledoux: Architecture, Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency.

Beirut: The Scent and Music of Its Past Architecture

Nishan Kazazian, AIA, Architect and Artist in NYC
Kazazian worked for major international offices in NYC and Boston. He currently works in a private practice and teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design. 

Old Souks: Past Glories and Present Tragedy
Simone Kosremelli, Architect and urban planner in private practice in Beirut since 1981.
Kosremelli is a Senior Lecturer at the American University of Beirut, School of Architecture. In 2007, she received the the AUB Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Distinguished Alumna Award.

Bourj Hammoud, The Last Refuge?
Nancy Kricorian, Author of Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire and All the Light There Was.
Kricorian's next novel will focus on Bourj Hammoud.

Bourj Hammoud, Longing to Breathe
Arpi Mangassarian: Architect and urbanist in Beirut
Mangassarian is Chief of Technical and Urban Planning in the Office of the Bourj Hammoud Municipality. She renovated an older Bourj Hammoud structure and created Badguèr, a cultural center.

Moderator
Brian McGrath, Dean at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design and the founder and principal of Urban-Interface, LLC.
McGrath's many books and publications include: Urban Design Ecologies Reader, Transparent Cities, Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design, and Growing Cities in a Shrinking World: The Challenges in India and China.

Discussants
Miguel Robles-Durán, Director MS Design and Urban Ecologies Graduate Program, Parsons, The New School for Design.
Robles-Durán recently co-edited/authored the book, Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization.

Aseel Sawalha, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University and author of Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City.

Michael Stanton, Past Chair, Department of Architecture and Design, American University of Beirut, 1999 - 2006.
Stanton teaches at the School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland and Madrid University School of Architecture.

Organized by: Center for Architecture

Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members


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