Did the Arab Spring come from nowhere, or was it preceded by modes of social and political action that might have eluded our common conceptual frames? How do ordinary people in the Middle East manage and even alter the conditions of everyday life despite the recalcitrance of authoritarian governments? These questions formed the starting point…Read more The Politics of Non-Movement
Posted on 12 February 2013 | 2:45 pm
Architecture is at the center of politics. We can see the truth of this statement amdist the controversy about post-war reconstruction of Beirut and the establishment of Solidere—the company created to redevelop the city. Reconstruction in Beirut does not mean simply the physical re-making and structuring of certain “sites of memory” scattered throughout the city.…Read more Beirut’s Elyssar Project: Spatiality and Hegemony
Posted on 19 June 2012 | 12:47 pm
At the heart of the task of political foundations and the complex task of reconstruction in postwar scenarios is the question whether such new foundations are possible. Look only at Libya, where this week bandits briefly took control of the Tripoli airport, and we see the difficulty of founding new polities on the ruins of…Read more Beirut’s Forest: Pining Away the Public Space
Posted on 8 June 2012 | 12:04 pm
“The Garden of the Prophet”, Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran’s posthumous book, included the poem “Pity the Nation”, his most famous and that ends with the following stanza: “Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.” “Pity the Nation” might well be an eight-stanza history of Lebanon: Fullness of beliefs and emptiness…Read more Beirut: Reinventing or Destroying the Public Space?
Posted on 23 May 2012 | 12:33 pm