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More Than a Squat.

The al-Khatib Buildings in Khandaq al-Ghamiq Aside from the social and the political conflict, the squat has its origin in land tenure, a history yet to be told. During my many field visits to Khandaq al-Ghamiq, I was always intrigued by the al-Khatib buildings, known to be a centre of squatting in the area (figure 01, and 02 for location). These buildings form a variegated mosaic of...

Fig. 5. Sebiel pipes

Ottoman Smoking Pipes in Bilad ash-Cham

An increasing interest in pipes as archaeological objects has developed over the last twenty years, affecting the whole Mediterranean basin. Thanks to an international mobility grant from the Institut Français du Proche Orient, a study of the pipes of Bey 012, the Church of St George, a site excavated at the end of the 1990s by Leila Badr, BEY 125 and of the Soap Museum of Saida has allowed...

Un bâtiment ancien accueillant typiquement des appartements sous le régime des anciens loyers (© B. Marot, 2012).

The “Old Rent” Law in Beirut: an Incentive or Disincentive for Gentrification?

Original text in French : http://ifpo.hypotheses.org/4266 (translation by the author) There is a recurrent debate in Beirut regarding the consequences of the “old rent” law and the way of transforming it. It has gained strength since an apartment building collapsed in Fassouh neighbourhood (Ashrafieh) on January 15 2012 because of insufficient maintenance. Twenty-seven residents were killed. Beyond the controversy opposing landlords to tenants, the issue of...

Beyrout, Achrafiyeh. Photo C. Pieri

The Lebanese State as Initiator of Gentrification in Achrafieh

In the past few decades, gentrification has evolved into a global urban phenomenon, as an increasing number of cities around the world are witnessing the gradual gentrification of their historical centres and adjacent quarters. Beirut presents no exception to this urban transformation; several of its neighbourhoods, such as Achrafieh, are experiencing numerous upscale real-estate developments coupled with a change in the resident population. This article aims...

Beyouth, Gemmayzeh, mai 2011

The Urban Observatory of Beirut: for a polysemic reading of both city and territory

The urban observatory has just celebrated its twentieth anniversary English version by W. Parramore (Original:  L’Observatoire urbain à Beyrouth : pour une lecture polysémique de la ville et du territoire). After four years in Damascus, the Ifpo urban observatory has returned to Beirut since October 2011, where it was created exactly twenty years ago, in 1991. Beyond the purely factual description heading its institutional page, the...

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