[Feature] Liberating Public Space in Beirut

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Release date: 23/4/2012


A recent collection of essays titled “A Public Space: Reinhabiting Public Space Toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh al-Sanawbar,” addresses the negative implications of the park’s closure for the citizens of Beirut, and offers many realistic and highly imaginative ways of using the Horsh as a vital space for interaction and civic life in a city whose accessible green area per-capita falls pitifully below norms established by the World Health Organization.  The book’s contributors hail from a wide variety of intellectual disciplines, but all are united in their call for the complete reopening of the park.  They dismiss the reasoning of the Municipality as exemplary of the elitist, patronizing stance adopted all too often by authorities at the local and state levels, a stance that is one of the greatest obstacles to the establishment of a sustainable civil society in Lebanon.

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TitleLiberating Public Space in Beirut
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletAl Jadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts
Media typePrint
CountryUnited States
Producer/Authorby Michael Teague
PersonsFadi Shayya

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