In the aftermath of violent acts of rupture, cities endure erasures of place and memory and disruptions to socio-economic and cultural practices.
Howayda Al-Harithy is a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and a Research Director at the Beirut Urban Lab at the American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on urban heritage and recovery in relation to processes of historical editing, urban trauma, and protracted displacement.
Batoul Yassine is an urban researcher and designer and a research coordinator at the Beirut Urban Lab at the American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on crises and protracted displacement as they intersect with discourses on informality.
Two months since the devastating Beirut Port blast, citizens of Lebanon and residents of the capital have yet to be officially informed of most developments or findings surrounding the government’s ongoing investigation. The explosion left about 200 dead, over 6,500 wounded, and hundreds of thousands homeless.