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Mona Fawaz

Planning Beirut during the French Mandate: The Construction of a Modern City and its Legacy

Marlène Ghorayeb, Beyrouth sous mandat français, construction d’une ville moderne. Paris: Karthala, 2014.   This is a wonderful addition to our knowledge of Beirut’s early days of modern planning, during the transition from Late Ottoman to French Mandate, and later. In the lineage of Jens Hanssen’s Fin de Siècle Beirut, Eric Verdeil’s Beyrouth et ses urbanistes, Carla Eddé’s Naissance d’une capitale, and Robert Saliba’s Beyrouth architectures: Aux sources de la ...

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The Intricacies of Popular Housing in the Middle East

Book Review: Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Éric Denis (eds.) Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2012). It has become customary to claim that the debate on informal land and housing production and exchange is exhausted: the number of publications and dissertations that have addressed this topic has dropped steadily over the past two decades. One might also note the alarmist tone that has often been ...

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Bio

Mona Fawaz

 

Mona Fawaz is Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning at the American University of Beirut, and currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University for the 2014-15 academic year. Her scholarly interests include urban history and historiography, social and spatial justice, informality and the law, property, as well as planning practice, theory and pedagogy. She has authored over forty scholarly articles, book sections, and reports.