Lebanese American University

Architecture and the Political
Fourth International Symposium on Architectural Theory

November 10–12, 2011 Beirut, Lebanon


Day 1: Thursday Nov 10, 2011 @ the Lebanese American University

9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome Note/ Introduction
10:00 Keynote Speaker
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–12:30 Session 1
12:30–2:00 Lunch Break
2:00–3:30 Session 2
3:30–5:00 Session 3
5:00–5:30 Coffee Break
5:30–7:00 Session 4

Keynote Speech:

David Cunningham
Metropolitics and the ‘Emblematic Significance’ of Architecture

Session 1

Libero AndreottiPoliticizing History: The International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus

Graham CairnsImaging the Political Through Architecture

Xavier CostaMoments and Situations

Session 2

Donald KunzeFour Concepts of Virtuality to Reconstruct the Civic in Architecture

Lidia KleinFrom Postpolitical to Agonistic: Warsaw Urban Space since 1989

Michał MurawskiThe Scale of Ideology in Post-Political Warsaw

Session 3

Uta GelbkeUrban Zero Points - Re-politicizing El Raval

Georgios KaratzasThe making of the historic core of the Greek capital city

Session 4

Adrià CarbonellTowards a Political Urbanism: Architecture and Democratic Objectives

Zehra TonbulPolitics of Renovation: Urban Regeneration: The Case of Tarlabaşı, İstanbul

Francesco MarulloNotes on Generic Architecture


Day 2: Friday Nov 11, 2011 @ the Beirut Art Center

12:00–1:30 Lunch
1:30–3:00 Session 5
3:00–4:00 Coffee Break
4:00–6:00 Session 6<
6:00–7:00 Symposium Conclusion/ Round Table Discussion

Session 5

Nadir LahijiIs Building the Practice of Dissensus? Architecture Between Aesthetics and Politics

Kimberly SimsThe Subject as Object: Reification and Design in the Age of the Post-Political

Kenton CardBetween Ethical and Police Architects: Interpreting an Ethnography on Ethical Architects with Rancière’s Politics

Session 6

Dorita HannahConstructing Barricades: Politics of the Event and ‘Weak Architecture’

Beshir KenzariThose who had no part

Koen Van SynghelBylex’ Tourist City or Utopia as the Prefiguration of Architecture & Politics

Aurel von RichthofenMuscat Capital Area - Urbanism at the intersection of politics and space


Registration will take place during the first day of the symposium. There is no online registration. Registration fees for the symposium will be covered by the hosting institution, the Lebanese American University. Airline and Hotel reservations and fees should be arranged individually by the particpants, at their own expense.

Extra activities

A One-day optional excursion will be organized [Destination: Baalbek or Tyre] on Saturday November 12.

Approximate cost: 75$/person [including Transportation, Admission Fees, and Lunch].

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