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Marwan Ghandour


Who is ‘Ain al-Hilweh?

[Masterplan of Saida by Michel Ecochard and his team. Amin al-Bizri Archives, courtesy of Fadi Kotob.]

Who is ‘Ain al-Hilweh? I ask not because I am interested in the answer, if we were to believe it exists, but for the reason that demanding one is enough to set a process of research in action. The title is a play on words highlighting the uneasiness that accompanies attempts at defining what places are. It combines the question of “what is ‘Ain al-Hilweh?” as a material, administrative, and social entity with “who produces ‘Ain al-Hilweh?” as a social space. Geographically, ...

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Marwan Ghandour


Marwan Ghandour is a Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Design at Iowa State University. He teaches studios in architectural and urban design, multi-disciplinary theory seminars and oversees thesis work in rural and urban studies. Ghandour is a partner in the Beirut-based architectural firm Bawader Architects, with a practice in institutional architecture and urban design projects in Lebanon. His research and practice include collaborations with landscape architects, planners, graphic designers and transportation engineers. His work has been focused on two regions, the Middle East and the American Midwest, where he conducts theoretical and historical research and develops urban regeneration proposals.