Event – The Perception of Division and Border in Post-war Beirut

School of Architecture & Design – LAU – Department of Architecture and Int. Design – Wednesday, November 3, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m. Architecture bldg, 402

The Perception of Division and Border in Post-war Beirut. Lecture by Mazen Haidar. The lecture explores the historical evolution of demarcation lines and limits exploited in part during the civil conflict. Buffer zones, the “defensive stripes”, can be detected all over Lebanon and, according to their typology; these defensive areas assume different aspects and meanings.

What are the tangible and intangible characteristics of these divisions and how can they be recognized? (Architectural features etc.) How can these limits contribute to safeguarding the country’s diversity and in what ways have they been taken in consideration after the civil conflict? How can a generalized planning program help (or indeed hinder) the recovery amid this abundance of borders?

Focusing on projects concerning buffer zones and formal division lines, we will explore the different meanings of common terms in post-war reconstruction such as ‘rehabilitation’, ‘reconstruction’, ‘recovery’ and ‘rebirth’.

Mazen Haidar, MS. Restoration, “School of Restoration of Monuments – La Sapienza University” Rome (2009), MS. Architecture, “La Sapienza University” – Rome (2005).  He did many research and papers for various architecture and restoration topics and participated in various seminars on Post-war reconstruction given in the undergraduate program “Architecture, Design structural & rehabilitation” “La Sapienza”. He is working currently as an expert in conservation in Lebanon on the restoration project of the Barakat Building – Beit Beirut. Among his publications City & Memory, Beirut, Berlin, Sarajevo (Milan: Bruno Mondadori, 2006).