Contemporary Discourses in Architecture


All activities will take place in Irwin Hall Auditorium, Beirut Campus, except where noted.

May 13, 2004
9:00-9:30 Coffee/ Registration
9:30 Welcome: Elie Badr
Dean School of Engineering and Architecture
9:40 Opening: Elie Haddad
Symposium Chair
10:00-11:30 Session 1: Theory and Practice I
(Moderator: M. Stanton)
  • Frederich Benesch, Towards a Progressive Practice
  • Kevin Mitchell, Learning Practice
  • Hani AsfourParallel Lines
11:30-1:00 Session 2: Architecture and Art
(Moderator: Z. Mawlawi)
  • Katrin Fagerstrom, Color and the Quiet Discourse
  • Jane Rendell, On Conceptual Art and Architecture
  • Beshir Kenzari, Antoni Tapies and the Violence of Texture
1:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:00 Session 3: Emerging Paradigms
(Moderator: A. Romanos)
  • George Katodrytis, Digital Introjection
  • Iradj Moeini, Emerging Features in Information Age Architecture
  • San Anshuman, Amorphous Architecture
3:30-4:00 Coffee Break
4:00-4:45 Keynote Speech: Hilde Heynen
5:00-6:30 Opening of Photography Exhibition 
(Sheikh Zayed Hall)
Charles Meyer: Lebanon 1996-2002


May 14, 2004
9:30 Coffee
9:45-11:30 Session 4: Theory and Practice II
(Moderator: H. Harithy)
  • Jay Randle, Theory, That Which is Called Theory, and Practice
  • Antoine Romanos, Between Anguish and Hope
  • Christos Hadjichristos, An Epistemological Inquiry
  • Charles Meyer, At Home
11:30-1:00 Session 5: Architecture and the City
(Moderator: R. Chamoun)
  • Karima Benachenhou, After the Earthquake:
    Re-building West Algeria
  • Deb Upadhyaya, The new urban reality in Mumbai, India
  • Tarek Abdelsalam, The Role of Aga Khan Award in
    Maintaining the Identity of the Arab City
1:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:30 Session 6: Architecture and its Other
(Moderator: E. Haddad)
  • Donald Kunze, The Symptomatic Discourse
  • Nadir Lahiji, “Une Architecture Autre”?
  • Libero Andreotti, Towards a Post-Situationist Architecture
3:30-4:00 Coffee Break
4:00-4:45 Endnote Speech: Neil Leach
5:00-6:30 Rountable Discussion/ Conclusion
(Irwin Conference Room)