The Aftermath of Reconstruction: From Beirut to Coventry
Date(s) - 03/10/2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Arab Urbanism & Arup
Panel discussion on post-war reconstruction in Beirut and Coventry.
While cities have long been shaped by processes of demolition, deconstruction, and reconstruction, the current moment confronts us –yet again– with ethical and political questions regarding post-war reconstruction. Cities are threatened by new losses to their social, cultural and urban fabrics as they deal with the aftermaths of decades of destruction. In a space between the UK and the Arab region, we look at two key cities that shaped the scholarship and practice of postwar reconstruction. This event brings Beirut (Lebanon) and Coventry (UK) in conversation. Both cities have been transformed through cycles of destructions and reconstructions, albeit in different historical moments and within two different regional settings. To this day, we still reflect on legacies and aftermaths of urban violence and grapple with its reverberations in the present moment. In this event we ask what can we learn from Beirut and Coventry? By addressing waves of reconstruction temporally as well as spatially, we ask, how can we understand the long-term consequences of reconstruction and its aftermaths? What resources can be used in the face of loss of livelihoods, urban fabrics, and heritage when the resources for hope are intangible? To address these questions, Arab Urbanism and Arup invite you to this online panel discussion to hear from scholars-activists and practitioners who have been working on, and with, the two cities and their paradoxes of post-war reconstruction.