After the ceasefire, a group of architects and planners from the American University of Beirut formed the Reconstruction Unit to help in the recovery process and in rebuilding the lives of those affected by the 2006 war in Lebanon .
Here, a series of case studies documenting the work of the Unit discusses the lessons to be learned from the experiences of Lebanon after the July War, and suggests how those lessons might be applied elsewhere.
The cases are diverse in terms of scale, type of intervention, methods, and approaches to the situation on the ground. Critical issues such as community participation, heritage protection, damage assessment and compensation policies, the role of the state, and capacity building are explored and the success and failures assessed.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Politics of Post-War Reconstruction in Lebanon Howayda Al-Harithy 2. Influencing the Politics of Reconstruction in Haret Hreik Mona Harb and Mona Fawaz 3. Wa’d: The Reconstruction Project of the Southern Suburb of Beirut Hana Alamuddine 4. The Politics of Identity Reconstruction in Post-War Reconstruction Howayda Al-Harithy 5. Reconstruction of Bint Jbeil and Social Representations of the Urban Space Habib Debs 6. Marginal Landscapes, Marginalized Rural Communities: Sustainable Post-War Recovery in Southern Lebanon Jala Makhzoumi 7. Beyond Compensations: the Post-War Reconstruction Battles of ‘Aita al-Cha’b Abir Saksouk Sasso, Nadine Bekdache and Ismael Sheikh Hassan 8. In the Turmoil of Chaos: Beit Bil-Jnoub: A Grass Roots Approach towards a Rational Reconstruction Process Rabih Shibli Afterword Nezar AlSayyad
Howayda Al-Harithy is a Professor of Architecture at the American University of Beirut where she has been since 1994. Al-Harithy currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Architecture and Design.
"...superbly illustrated case studies...The Reconstruction Unit activities described provide not just valuable lessons, but are an inspiration for all those involved in post conflict reconstruction." - Lonaard Magazine