Recovering Beirut: Urban Design and Post-War Reconstruction

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Samīr H̲alaf, Philip Shukry Khoury
BRILL, 1993 - Social Science - 297 pages
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"Recovering Beirut, the result of a workshop organised by the Center for International Studies at MIT on urban planning and socio-economic reconstruction in post-war Lebanon, brings together established professors, young scholars, architects, town planners and entrepreneurs to explore the problems of and prospects for urban planning and to consider visions and strategies for the reconstruction of Lebanon after sixteen years of civil war.
This fascinating volume, which opens with an introduction by the eminent scholar Richard Sennett, engages in multi-layered discussion of the problems of spatial, socio-economic and cultural rehabilitation of a fractured social order in the throes of post-war reconstruction. It contains 82 illustrations underlining the impact of the study.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two Urban Design and the Recovery of Beirut
11
Historical
21
The Territorialization of Identities
28
Pacifying the Pathos
42
Reflections and Implications
55
Endnotes
61
Issues of SocioEconomic Reconstruction
75
Towards a Master Plan for Lebanon
94
Chapter Eight Visions of Architects
192
Mohamad Fawaz
202
Pierre El Khoury
213
Appendix Chronology of Beiruts Urban History
243
List of Illustrations Maps and Images
259
Contributors
265
Index
279

Chapter Four Towards a Master Plan
81
The Implosion of the Urban Structure
88

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About the author (1993)

Samir Khalaf is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research, American University of Beirut. He has held academic appointments at Princeton, Harvard, MIT and New York University. Also by the Same Author Sexuality in the Arab World (Saqi, 978-0-86356-948-7), Heart of Beirut (Saqi, 978-0-86356-542-7) Cultural Resistance: Global and Local Encounters in the Middle East (Saqi, 978-0-86356-814-5)

Philip S. Khoury is Professor of History and Acting Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Joseph Kostiner is Lecturer in Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University and the author of "South Yemen's Revolutionary Strategy, 1970-1985" (Tel Aviv, 1990).

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