Monday 3 December 2012 (6:00 - 7:30 pm - Open to all)
The talk elaborates the origin of the Beiruti house garden that is in fact the rural hakura drawing on the parallels with the Abrahamic idea of the garden of Paradise. An overview is given of the components of a traditional Beiruti Garden based on surveys undertaken from 2002 to 2008, concluding with the demise of the garden in a city that is increasingly becoming a concrete jungle.
Jala Makhzoumi is a landscape architect, pioneering the practice and theory of ecological landscape design in the Middle East. She serves as consultant to projects that include rural heritage conservation, postwar recovery and sustainable urban greening. She has authored many articles and co-authored Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context (London, EF & N Spon, 1999) and Horizon 101 (Beirut, Dar Onboz, 2010), reflective study in watercolor and prose of landscape, displacement and identity.