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Tools for tactical neighborhood planning and design : lessons from user-led small scale physical interventions in municipal Beirut open spaces -

Show simple item record Guadagnoli, Giulia 2017-08-30T14:29:11Z 2017-08-30T14:29:11Z 2016 2016
dc.identifier.other b19020727
dc.description Thesis. M.U.P.P. American University of Beirut. Department of Architecture and Design , 2016. ET:6511.
dc.description Advisor : Dr. Mona Harb, Professor, Architecture and Design ; Committee Members : Dr. Mona Fawaz, Associate Professor, Architecture and Design ; Ahmad El-Gharbie’, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Design ; Dr. Sylvain Jean Daniel Perdigon, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies ; Dr. Jihad Farah, Assistant Professor, MAPE, Lebanese University.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 188-216)
dc.description.abstract How can cities satisfy the needs and reflect the imagination of their inhabitants? At a first glance, contemporary Beirut does not seem to offer much in this regard. Since I started walking around the city in 2010, an initial feeling of exhaustion by overwhelming physical obstacles and blind corners evolved into an enthusiasm for the solutions adopted by inhabitants to rest, trespass, bypass, and enjoy open spaces in the city. Extensive exploration led me to discover various tactical interventions—escamotages by which city users interpret, devise and adapt their urban environment, across the public private divide and along negotiable lines of agency and entitlement. In the light of various critiques of neo-liberal governmentality, and of the way this is shaping contemporary cities both globally and in the region, this thesis investigates the agency of city users in shaping the urban environment, together with—or notwithstanding—State’s and market’s regulations and interventions. Building on Lefevbre’s triadic definition of space and de Certeau’s wanderings on the invention of everyday life, I argue that user’s agency is vital to preserve a creative and inclusive practice of the public, and resist the exclusionary standardization imposed by neo-liberal rule.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 216, [8] leaves) : illustrations (some color) , maps.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Theses, Dissertations, and Projects
dc.subject.classification ET:006511
dc.subject.lcsh Beirut (Lebanon)
dc.subject.lcsh Neighborhood planning -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh Open spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Designs and plans.
dc.subject.lcsh Neoliberalism -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Planning.
dc.subject.lcsh Public spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh Urban policy -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh City planning -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.subject.lcsh Land use -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.title Tools for tactical neighborhood planning and design : lessons from user-led small scale physical interventions in municipal Beirut open spaces -
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Architecture and Design
dc.contributor.faculty Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
dc.contributor.institution American University of Beirut

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