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Dalieh’s Civil Campaign’s Open Ideas Competition: Jury Report

The jury held its official deliberation on Saturday 30 May 2015 at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. The jury members included Jad Chaaban (AUB); Habib Debs (URBI); Marwan Ghandour (Iowa State University); Hans Kienle (University of Stuttgart); Jala Makhzoumi (AUB); Nizar Saghieh (Legal ...  Read More »

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Seminaire: Mais que veut donc le peuple?

Ce séminaire est organisé par Habib Ayeb (Université Paris 8), François Ireton (CNRS) et Vincent Battesti (CNRS). Il aura lieu deux fois par mois le mercredi de 15h à 18h à l’Université de Paris 8 Vincennes à Saint-Denis (bâtiment D, salle D008, rez-de-chaussée, station de Métro "Saint Denis-Université", ...  Read More »

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Seminaire doctoral: Societes urbaines mediteraneennes: Histoire et anthropologie

L’Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain/Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (IIAC/LAU) et le Centre de recherche Europes-Eurasie de l’Institut nationale des langues et civilisations orientales, avec le soutien de l’ED 265 Langues, littératures et sociétés du monde de l’INALCO, organise ce ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (October 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in ...  Read More »

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

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 ...  Read More »

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الإسكندرية كمان وكمان

يذكّر اسم مدينة الإسكندرية المصرية خارج الشرق الأوسط بصور منارة المدينة، التي هي إحدى عجائب العالم القديم السبع، أو بمكتبة الإسكندرية القديمة. وترمز كلٌّ من المنارة والمكتبة إلى عصر ذهبيٍّ للثقافة والمعرفة. وإذا ما وضعنا الصرحين التاريخيين جانباً، نرى أن الغرب نظر إلى هذه المدينة الساحلية كواحة للتسامح الديني والثقافي ...  Read More »

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ICRC Report: Urban Services During Protracted Armed Conflict

This report seeks to stimulate a much-needed discussion on developing a better approach to assisting people in urban areas that have been affected by protracted armed conflict. Currently, some fifty million people worldwide are affected by armed conflict in urban areas, with knock-on effects that go far beyond the ...  Read More »

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A Spatial History of a Main Baghdadi Street

“The sidewalk was like a mirror Now, a sanitation worker collects the bodies of dead people […] My memories died yesterday But a tree smiling in Abu Nuwas has enlivened them” – Iraqi poet Fadhil Abbas.  This essay examines the ways in which the political circumstances of post-invasion Iraq ...  Read More »

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Whitewashing Colonialism

Sharon Rotbard, White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Translated from Hebrew by Orin Gat. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015. As the “enlightened public” and guests from Dessau’s Bauhaus Institute celebrated UNESCO’s recognition of Tel Aviv’s “Bauhaus” White City as a World Heritage site in ...  Read More »

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مدن الحداثة

كان أدب الحداثة التجريبي، الذي ظهر في السنوات الأخيرة من القرن التاسع عشر، وتطور في القرن العشرين، فنَّ مدنٍ. كان فنَّ المدن ذات اللغات المتعددة، التي تميّزت بنشاط مكثّف، وحظيتْ بشهرة عالمية كمراكز للتبادل الفكري والثقافي، لأسباب تاريخية مختلفة. وقد تشكّل في هذه العواصم الثقافية (العواصم السياسية القومية الأوربية) ...  Read More »

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LCPS Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish on Electricity in Early Independence Lebanon

In the following interview with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish discusses the history of electricty in Beirut during the early independence period, and some of the legacies and insights of the period. The interview was conducted over email, ...  Read More »

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TandemWorks Launches its Rehabilitation Scheme of Beirut River

The founders of TandemWorks, Mayssa and Alia Badawi, are pleased to announce their inaugural project, Hammoud Badawi, in collaboration with theOtherDada (tOD) Integrated Architecture Lab, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), and UN-Habitat, as part of a scheme to rehabilitate the Beirut River. ...  Read More »

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NPR's 'Here and Now' Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Rosie Bsheer About Redevelopment in Mecca

In this interview with NPR's Here and Now, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Rosie Bsheer discusses urban redevelopment in Mecca following the tragic stampede that killed over 700 pilgrims in Mecca on 24 September 2015. Bsheer explains the political and economic motivations behind the nature of redevelopment there ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (September 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: ABE Journal: Architecture Beyond Europe

Jadaliyya (J): What made you start the journal Architecture Beyond Europe, and who are the scholars involved in its editorial work? Mercedes Volait (MV): Several related concerns prompted the launch of the journal in 2012. One is that modern architecture outside the West features poorly in the literature devoted to ...  Read More »

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What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Political Economy?

Mandy Turner and Omar Shweiki, editors, Decolonizing Palestinian Political Economy: De-Development and Beyond. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Anyone who visited Ramallah in 2013 would have heard a lot of talk about seatbelts. Everyone there—everyone—was talking about them, and how consistent and prevalent they had ...  Read More »

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The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA): Interview with George Arbid

The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA) was established in 2008 to raise awareness about contemporary architecture and urbanism within civil society. In an interview I held on 25 June 2015 at the offices of the ACA in Beirut, George Arbid, the co-founder and current director of the ACA, discussed the work of the ACA ...  Read More »

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Table Ronde: Observer la ville dans le Monde Arabe (Vidéo)

Le 5 juin 2015, une table ronde intitulée Observer la ville dans le Monde Arabe s'est tenue dans le cadre des "Rendez-vous de l’histoire du monde arabe" de l'Institut du Monde Arabe de Paris. Organisée et animée par Vincent Lemire, historien spécialiste de Jérusalem, elle rassemblait Mercedes ...  Read More »

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The Mayor of the One Percent

Recently, Dr. Bilal Hamad, the head of the Municipality of Beirut, or mayor, made statements defending his record. His comments revealed a profound sense of frustration at the mayor’s subordinate position to that of the mohafez, or governor, who can veto and delay the municipality’s initiatives.  Having heard ...  Read More »

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You Have, We Have

For the past several weeks I have sat alone in front of two screens: that of my television following the news, and that of my computer reacting to the news. I have written and drawn my anger, and shared it with friends—both on line and in person. I have gone down to the streets, with thousands of others. Now, at ...  Read More »

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Ekumenopolis ve Otesi: Imre Azem ile bir STATUS/الوضع Soylesisi

Ekümenopolis ve Ötesi: İmre Azem ile bir STATUS/الوضع Söyleşisi Bu röportajda kent antropoloğu Duygu Parmaksızoğlu, Ekümenopolis filminin yönetmeni İmre Azem ile kentsel dönüşüm ve son filmi Yeniden İnşa Çağı konusunda söyleşiyor. Azem bu filminde küresel sermayenin kentleri nasıl şekillendirdiğini ele ...  Read More »

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سَلَميّة، أمُّ القاهرة

بين انقضاء أجل ربيع وبدء فصلٍ حائرٍ من الغبار، بين انتصارات أحلام اليقظة وفوحانات الهزائم الدهرية القِدم، بين أنهارٍ ممددّةٍ على خرائط دروس الجغرافية وعطشٍ طفوليِّ الشغف، بين قصائد وأغانٍ تمشّط شعر الريح الضجرة وحناجر تصرخ بجمرٍ مطفأ .. بين هذا الركام الآدمي المدثّر بسماءٍ مشققة ذات عيون من طين وآذانٍ لم تند منذ عصورٍ ...  Read More »

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قمامة لبنان من الفساد إلى صفر- نفايات: مقابلة للوضع بين زياد أبي شاكر ورانية المصري

في الحوار التالي يناقش المهندس والمنظّم زياد أبي شاكرسياسات الإدارة الفاسدة والفاشلة لنفايات لبنان الصلبة المسببة للتلوث، بالإضافة إلى الخيارات العقلانية لصفر نفايات.تتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا.عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. زياد أبي شاكر مهندس ...  Read More »

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We Are, You Are

Graphic 1 City-centers are named as such because they gather people. They should not belong, be managed, or be controlled by a few. They should not be accessible only to a few. They are where all inhabitants walk, meet, stroll, buy, stop, and rejoin. City-centers are also where we protest. They are where we contest ...  Read More »

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The Property Regime: Mecca and the Politics of Redevelopment in Saudi Arabia

The 1990 Gulf War was a watershed in the history of the modern Middle East, one that altered the political economies of the region as well as state-society relations therein. In Saudi Arabia, the anti-regime popular mobilizations that had emerged during the war, coupled with the post-war global economic recession, ...  Read More »

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Garbage Crisis Exposes Arrogance and Conflict Among the Political Elite of Lebanon

The government just does not seem to get it. Protests that kicked off in Lebanon a few weeks ago are no longer about the garbage crisis. They are fundamentally about the failure of successive Lebanese governments to provide basic services for citizens. They are about corruption associated with managing public ...  Read More »

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Place as Provisional: Site-Specific Art Commissions in Sharjah

Two metaphors, both equally decrepit, are alternately deployed in discussions of “place” in the Gulf Arab states: on the one hand, the notion of a tabula rasa, and, on the other hand, an attachment to a codified narrative of historical and cultural sitedness. Rem Koolhaas exemplified the former stance in his ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (August 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning ...  Read More »

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Open Letter to Mr. Bilal Hamad, President of the Municipal Council of Beirut

[The following open letter by Lebanese economist Jad Chaaban was originally published on his website on 27 August 2015.] Beirut, 27 August 2015 Open Letter to Mr. Bilal Hamad, President of the Municipal Council of Beirut Dear Mr. Hamad, I am writing to you as a Lebanese citizen and taxpayer, and a permanent ...  Read More »

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Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope

The past ten years in Lebanon have been a study in political paralysis and escalating anger and frustration among citizens and residents of the country. To recap only the most basic of facts, since 2005 the country divided and polarized into two “camps”—March 14 and March 8, led by the Future Movement and Hezbollah, ...  Read More »

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The Cities Page is a Jadaliyya platform promoting critical understandings and investigations of urban life and space, beyond the dominant formal and physical narration on cities. The Cities Page publishes works from different fields that deepen our understanding of the social production of diverse urban geographies and the contestation around them. It aims to consolidate an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to reading and writing about space and cities, incorporating historical, social, cultural, political, legal, economic and technological dimensions. It welcomes contributions in various formats, languages, and on various urban geographies and histories.

Contact Cities Page Editors via Cities@Jadaliyya.com

Submit to the Cities Page

The Cities Page Editors invite submissions that critically explore related topics, and are eager to feature debates within the field. Specifically, we welcome:

  • Essays exploring the relationships between space, power and social justice, and spatial practices and the built environment, etc.
  • Reviews of books, films, exhibits, blogs, and pundits
  • Interviews with practitioners, activists, scholars, government officials, and others.
  • Reports, press releases, statements, conference announcements, and other information.
  • Photo essays
  • Video clips

Submissions should conform with the general Jadaliyya submissions guidelines. The Cities Page accepts submissions in Arabic, English, French, and Turkish.

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