Fadi is a doctoral researcher at the Manchester Architecture Research Group of The University of Manchester. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Architecture as a recipient of the School of Environment, Education and Development Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
Fadi is trained as an urbanist, architect, and design strategist. He studied urban theory, urban design, and architectural engineering in Beirut and New York. His professional record includes practicing and consulting in the Middle East and North Africa on architecture and master planning (Dar Group, IGA Architecture and Landscape Design, Chakib Richani Architects, and Spectrum Engineering Consultants), on international development (UN ESCWA and UN-Habitat), and on design and visualization (Visualizing Palestine and Visualizing Impact).
He is the editor of At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawbar (2010). He founded and directed the research collaborative Discursive Formations (2008 – 2013), co-produced civic and advocacy projects in Lebanon, and taught at the University of Manchester, Parsons School of Design, and the American University of Beirut.
He contributed to the projects Tactics of Collaboration: A Participatory Playbook (project by Mark Strandquist and Magnum Foundation), State Theatre (film by Daniel Kötter/Constanze Fischbeck), Queer Geographies: Beirut, Tijuana, Copenhagen (book by Lasse Lau), Volume Project (project by Vision Forum, Assabil Association and 98weeks Research Project; curated by Sara Giannini and 98weeks), Beirut: Accessible City for All (project by EDAN ME), and Pine Nuts (film by Lasse Lau). Moreover, his work and commentary are featured in Métropolitiques, Traits Urbain, Le Courrier, The Polis Blog, Next City, World Environment, Bold Magazine, Al-Jadid, Los Angeles Times, The National, The Daily Star, Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Danish Radio, Wysokie Obcasy, Deutsche Welle, and Trouw.
Thesis title (tentative): Folding Terrain into Technical Objects: Abstracting the Urban and Actualizing the Terrain in Urban Warfare
Supervisors: Prof. Albena Yaneva and Dr. Leandro Minuchin
Fadi’s research investigates architectural and urbanely modes of connection between the military and the urban. I study how “urban terrain” in the U.S. military’s urban operations doctrine is assembled, mediated, and actualized through technologies of armored vehicles. Through empirical sources including patents, military manuals, and governmental documents, I trace a specific type of U.S. armored vehicles (called MRAP) designed to withstand explosions and ambushes during the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.
Academic research on militarization addresses concerns of civilian everyday life, gender relations, liberties, war costs, security, policing, technologies, and urbanism. Still, there is a gap in understanding “the technical” in militarization as a set of associations that assemble the urban. With inspiration from the social sciences and science and technology studies, Fadi’s research expands on militarization and how we study the architectural and the urban beyond built objects and structural ontologies.