Title: Issues in Building the Fouad Butros Highway: What Time is this Highway?
The case against the proposed "Hikmeh-Turk" Axis in Ashrafieh (also known as Fouad Boutros Highway)
Speakers: Abdul-Halim Jabre and Antoine Attallah
Language: Arabic and English
Subject: Planned more than 60 years ago, the “Fouad Boutros” highway is today one of the most important projects of the Municipality of Beirut. Designed according to obsolete principles that have long been discredited, it does not bring satisfying answers to the contemporary challenges of Beirut, neither in terms of traffic management, nor in terms of urban environment. In an age where cities are being planned for pedestrians, active mobility and public transportation, where the preservation of historical, urban and social fabrics is a priority of public policies, building the “Fouad Boutros” highway is an anachronism strongly opposed by civil society, professionals and academia.
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Abdul-Halim Jabr: an architect/urban designer, faculty at USEK, and formerly at AUB. He consults locally and internationally with a commitment to environmentally-responsive design and context-sensitive planning. He is co-founder of Unit44, a collaborative practice in architecture, landscape design, ecological planning and urban design. He currently advises the Ministry of Culture on heritage buildings in Beirut.
Antoine Atallah: an architect and urban designer. Being an active member of civil society in Lebanon and a strong advocate of public transportation, architectural/urban heritage and public spaces, he became one of the co-founders of the Civil Coalition opposed to the “Fouad Boutros” highway.