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Bruno Marot

The End of Rent Control in Lebanon: Another Boost to the “Growth Machine?”

[The Gemmayzeh neighborhood. Image by author]

It is an open secret that, given the political instability of the past three years, the Lebanese real-estate sector has suffered a sharp decrease in demand for upmarket property. In spite of this, giant construction cranes, and glass-and-steel towers continue to dominate the Beirut skyline—something that is unlikely to change anytime soon. In this context of decreased demand and continued supply, the Lebanese Parliament opened a Pandora’s Box on the first of April 2014, when ...

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Bruno Marot


Bruno Marot is a PhD candidate in urban planning, policy, and design at McGill University. He is also a graduate research fellow at the Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO), and at Sciences Po Paris. His research investigates the political economy of urban transformations in Eastern Mediterranean cities by looking at the way property-led restructuring is governed in Beirut and Istanbul.