For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut’s Frontiers
Date(s) - 04/04/2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
pin Institute for Middle East Studies at GWU
Institute for Middle East Studies at GWU
For the War Yet to Come examines urban planning in three neighborhoods of Beirut’s southeastern peripheries, revealing how these areas have been developed into frontiers of a continuing sectarian order. Hiba Bou Akar argues these neighborhoods are arranged, not in the expectation of a bright future, but according to the logic of “the war yet to come”: urban planning plays on fears and differences, rumors of war, and paramilitary strategies to organize everyday life. As she shows, a war in times of peace is not fought with tanks, artillery, and rifles, but involves a more mundane territorial contest for land and apartment sales, zoning and planning regulations, and infrastructure projects.
About the author
Hiba Bou Akar is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. She has also worked as an architect and urban planner in Beirut.