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Petra Samaha

Life in a Street: How Informal Mechanisms Govern Scarce Public Spaces in Nabaa, Beirut

[Negotiations and invisible tactics: bargaining over space as well as prices. Image by Petra Samaha]

The informal mechanisms of organization in everyday public life have been at the core of concerns of many researchers and practitioners (e.g., Rukmana and Hegel in Indonesia, Mehrotra in India, and Nagati in Egypt). While examining these processes in different contexts, the focus was typically on their interplay with "formal" regulations or in relation to the private built environment. Few highlighted the significance of these informal arrangements per se and their ...

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Petra Samaha has a Master of Architecture from the Lebanese University (2013) and a Master of Urban Design from the American University of Beirut (2015). Since her graduation, Petra has been working within a professional planning and design office in Beirut. Projects include elaboration of master plans, urban design projects tackling public space and other. Additionally, due to her strong interest in research, she has managed to lead on several research projects mainly at the American University of Beirut. Her research work focuses on low-income neighborhoods as well as public transportation in Beirut. She has published in Jadaliyya, in “Practicing the Public” issued with As-Safir Lebanese daily, and with AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.