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Urban design in the Arab world : reconceptualizing boundaries

Author: Robert Saliba
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2015].
Series: Design and the built environment
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New editionView all editions and formats

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Additional Physical Format: ebook version
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Saliba
ISBN: 9781472409768 1472409760
OCLC Number: 1010564847
Description: xix, 276 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Contents: Framing urban design on the margins: global paradigms and regional implications, Robert Saliba; Medina - the 'Islamic', 'Arab', 'Middle Eastern' city: reflections on an urban concept, Nezar AlSayyad. Part I The Discursive: Reconceptualizing Boundaries between the Diverse and the Conflictive: The cultural discourse: on regionalism in urban design and the role of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj; The participative discourse: community activism in post-war reconstruction, Howayda Al-Harithy; The corporate discourse: learning from Beirut's central area renewal, Angus Gavin; The greening discourse: ecological landscape design and city regions in the Mashreq, Jala Makhzoumi. Part II The Hybrid: Blurring Boundaries between Design Disciplines: Cultural infrastructure for the margins: a machinic approach to Nahr Beirut, Lee Frederix; Architectural urbanism: proposals for the Arab world, Sam Jacoby. Part III The Operational: Bridging Boundaries between Research and Practice: Aleppo 2025 City Development Strategy: a critical reflection, Ali Saad and Thomas Stellmach; Community-based design as mediator between academia and practice: the case of Souq Sabra, Beirut, Rabih Shibli; [Trans]forming Nahr Beirut: from obsolete infrastructure to infrastructural landscape, Sandra Frem. Part IV The Visionary: Crossing Boundaries between the Utopian and the Real: Sites of globalization: new cities - reflecting on the dialectics between designer and client, Anne Marie Galmstrup; Sites of worship: from Makkah to Karbala - reconciling pilgrimage, speculation and infrastructure, Robert Saliba; Sites of conflict: Baghdad's suspended modernities versus a fragmented reality, Caecilia Pieri; Sites of contestation: Tahrir Square - from appropriation to design, Robert Saliba, Hussam Hussein Salama and Nathan Cherry. Part V Prospects: Future Urban Design Agendas: Estidama as a model for sustainable urbanism in the Arab world: the case study of Abu Dhabi, John Madden; Re-engineering the twenty-first-century city: future directions for urban design in the Arab world, Anne Vernez Moudon. Index.
Series Title: Design and the built environment
Responsibility: edited by Robert Saliba.


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