City Debates 2015 Conference

MUPP-MUD City Debates 2015 –  Other Gentrifications: Urban Change beyond the Core.

Architecture Lecture Hall, Department of Architecture and Design
American University of Beirut
The Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, Policy and Design (MUPP-MUD)
In collaboration with the AUB Neighborhood Initiative

THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, 4 MARCH 2015

[INTRODUCTION COFFEE 4:00 – 4:30 PM]

4:30 – 5:00 PM OPENING SESSION
• Dean Makram Suidan (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut)
• Robert Saliba (MUPP/MUD-ArD, American University of Beirut). Welcome Note
• Mona Khechen (Neighborhood Initiative, American University of Beirut). Introduction

5:00 – 6:30 PM KEYNOTE 1
Tom Slater (Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh). Planetary Rent Gaps
Discussant: Robert Saliba (MUPP/MUD-ArD, American University of Beirut)

[WELCOME RECEPTION]

DAY 2 – THURSDAY, 5 MARCH 2015

9:30 – 11:00 AM PANEL 1. THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL FRAMING OF GENTRIFICATION IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
• Andrew Harris (University College London Geography, UCL Urban Laboratory). Postcolonialising the Historical Comparativism of Gentrification
• Ryan Centner (Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics).
• Ebru Soytemel (Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, University of Oxford). From Gentry to Geographies of Displacement: Conceptual Problems and Methodological Difficulties in Gentrification Research in Turkey
Discussant: Fran Tonkiss (Cities Programme, London School of Economics)

[11:00 – 11:30 AM COFFEE BREAK]

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PANEL 2. GENTRIFICATION IN BEIRUT
• Hisham Ashkar (Department of Urban Planning, HafenCity Universität-Hamburg). The Normative Dimension behind Fostering and Shaping Gentrification: The Case of Lebanon’s Law on Rent
• Mona Khechen (Neighborhood Initiative, American University of Beirut). The Re-Making of Ras Beirut: Gentrification and the Politics of Mobility
• Marieke Krijnen (Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Ghent University). Capital, Culture and Conflict: Gentrification and Urban Change in Beirut
• Bruno Marot (School of Urban Planning, McGill University). Governing Post-1990s Urban Restructuring in Beirut: When Class Interests Intersect with Sectarian Divisions
Discussant: Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj (MUPP/MUD-ArD, American University of Beirut)

[1:30 – 3:00 PM LUNCH BREAK]

3:00 – 4:30 PM PANEL 3. DISPLACEMENT AND RESISTANCE
• Bahar Sakizlioglu (Independent Researcher). Residents’ Displacement Experiences in Istanbul
• Özlem Ünsal (Independent Researcher). “No Liberty on Your Own”: Grassroots Movements and Urban Politics in Istanbul
• Mohamed Elshahed (Forum for Transregional Studies in Berlin, Cairobserver). The “Right to Housing” in Cairo: Resisting Gentrification and the “Neglectful State”
Discussant: Khaled Abdulhalem (American University of Cairo)

[4:30 – 5:00 PM COFFEE BREAK]

5:00 – 6:30 PM KEYNOTE 2
Mona Serageldin (Institute for International Urban Development). The Dynamics of Neighborhood Transformation Long Term Trends and Immediate Responses to Turmoil and Civil Unrest
Discussant: Ernesto Lopez-Morales (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Chile)

City Debates 2015 Conference

City Debates 2015 Conference

DAY 3 – FRIDAY, 6 MARCH 2015
9:30 – 11:00 AM PANEL 4. STATE-LED GENTRIFICATION
(Co-organized with ‘Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs’ as part of the “The Social Justice and the City” Project)
• Ernesto Lopez-Morales (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad de Chile). The Several ‘Gentrifications’ in Latin America
• Tolga Islam (Department of Planning, Yildiz Technical University). Gentrification and Changing Public Policy in Istanbul
• Yahia Shawkat (10 Tooba). Insecure Tenure and Policies of Land Commodification: The Targeting of Vulnerable Communities in Egypt
Discussant: Mona Harb (MUPP/MUD-ArD, American University of Beirut)

[11:00 – 11:30 AM COFFEE BREAK]

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PANEL 5. GENTRIFICATION IN HISTORIC CONTEXTS
• Khaldun Bshara (RIWAQ). Shifting Trends: The Impossibility of Gentrification in the Palestine Cities’ Context
• Aziza Chaouni (Aziza Chaouni Projects). A River Runs through It/ The Transformations and Tribulations of the Fez River and its Rehabilitation Project
• Wael Salah Fahmi (Department of Architecture, Helwan University). Gentrified Heritage and the Right to Historic Cairo’s Contested Bazaar and Cities of the Dead
• Ahmed Helmi (Ismailia Development & Real Estate Co.).
Discussant: Hana Alamuddine (MUPP/MUD-ArD, American University of Beirut)

[1:30- 3:00 PM LUNCH BREAK]

3:00 – 4:30 PM PANEL 6. RESPONDING TO THE POTENTIALITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF GENTRIFICATION
(Organized by ‘Urban Observatory, Institut Français du Proche-Orient’, and ‘Majal, Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts’)
• Xavier Casanovas (Universität Politecnica de Catalunya; REHABIMED). Barcelona, from Successful Urban Design to Gentrification
• Eric Huybrechts (Institut Français D’Urbanisme, Université Paris-Est). Gentrification Mitigations and Gentrification Driven by the Poor
• Serge Yazigi (Majal, Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts). Strategies to Respond to Gentrification. Case Studies: Mar Mikhael and Zokak el Blat, Beirut
Discussants: Caecilia Pieri (Urban Observatory, Institut Français du Proche-Orient), and Habib Debs (URBI; ArD, American University of Beirut)

[4:30- 5:00 PM COFFEE BREAK]

5:00 – 6:30 PM CLOSING CONVERSATION
• Peter Marcuse (Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University), with Fran Tonkiss (Cities Programme, London School of Economics).
Moderator: Cynthia Myntti (Neighborhood Initiative, American University of Beirut)

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