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New Texts Out Now: Robert Saliba, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries

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Robert Saliba, editor, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries. London: Ashgate, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Robert Saliba (RS): The idea for this book was initiated in the wake of City Debates 2012, an international conference on contemporary urban issues that I organized in May at the American University of Beirut. The conference, entitled Reconceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, asked: “How are the ...

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Robert Saliba


Robert Saliba is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Design, American University of Beirut, and served as the coordinator of the graduate program in Urban Planning and Policy and Urban Design between 2008 and 2011. He has conducted extensive research on Beirut's historic formation and postwar reconstruction, and published three reference monographs: Beyrouth Architectures: Aux Sources de la Modernité (Parenthèses, 2009); Beirut City Center Recovery: the Foch-Allenby and Etoile Conservation Area (Steidl, 2004); and Beirut 1920-1940: Domestic Architecture between Tradition and Modernity (Order of Engineers and Architects, 1998). He has served as a land use consultant with the World Bank and UN-Habitat on the state of the environment in Lebanon and worked as an urban design consultant and a city-planning associate at the Community Redevelopment Agency in Los Angeles.