Online Lecture | November 7 | The Participatory Approach to Post-Disaster Urban Recovery – Case of Beirut

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On November 7, 5 – 6.30 PM CET/ 7 – 8.30 EEST Prof. Dr. Howayda Al-Harithy will give insights into the post-disaster recovery of the neighborhood of Karantina in Beirut, Lebanon.

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About the lecture:
The lecture explores urban recovery as a participatory bottom-up process that recovers spaces of shared memories and social significance to reconstitute both the built as well as the sociocultural fabric of a place. The lecture focuses on the neighborhood of Karantina (Beirut, Lebanon) as the case study of post-disaster recovery. Karantina is a site of multiple traumas and marginalized vulnerable groups, whose conditions were further exacerbated by the port blast in August 2020. The lecture examines the multi-modality of community engagement including the CDS, citizen scientists and the co-design methodologies.

About the lecturer:
Howayda Al-Harithy is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the American University of Beirut. She is currently serving as Director of the School of Architecture and Design and Research Director at the Beirut Urban Lab. Her current research focuses on urban heritage and conceptualizes urban recovery in relation to processes of historical editing, urban trauma, and protracted displacement. She is widely published in leading journals and refereed books. She is the editor of and contributor to Lessons in Post-War Reconstruction: Case Studies from Lebanon in the Aftermath of the 2006 War (Routledge, 2010) and Urban Recovery: Intersecting Displacement with Reconstruction (Routledge 2021).

The lecture will be recorded and subsequently provided on the panforukraine learning platform: (registration needed).

If you wish to receive a certificate for taking part in the lecture series, please register here: Please note that to receive the certificate you need to attend at least six of the seven sessions and complete a simple assignment at the end of the course, which will be explained to you by email. Also, please make sure that the name that appears on the screen during the online sessions is your full name so that we have your correct name in the registration and can track your attendance.

The lecture series is part of the project „Reconstruction Modules Ukraine“ and funded by the DAAD program „Ukraine Digital“. It is organized and conducted by Prof. Dr. Detlef Kurth, Anna Kuzyshyn [RPTU Kaiserslautern], Prof. Christoph Wessling, Prof. Dr. Silke Weidner, Dr. Sepideh Zarrin Ghalam [BTU Cottbus], Prof. Frank Schwartze and Vivienne Mayer [TH Lübeck]. For any questions please contact We are looking forward to seeing you!