Byblos, Culture and Modernity

Chagoury Health Sciences Center Auditorium, Byblos campus

The Urban Planning Institute at the Lebanese American University in collaboration with GAIA-Heritage is organizing a symposium titled “Byblos: History, Culture and Modernity”.

Historians, researchers and specialists from other Mediterranean cities and universities will gather to discuss the problematics of various Mediterranean cities, under the following thematics:

1.       The Mediterranean City: Culture and Modernity

2.       Byblos in History

3.       Byblos Transformations: Urban Interventions and the Evolution of the City

A roundtable will follow at the end of the symposium to make specific recommendations to the Municipality of Byblos, in order to meet the challenges facing the historic town, in the midst of contemporary transformations.

Kindly find below the program of the symposium:

June 9, 2016:

09:00 - 09:45: Welcome and Introduction Note by Professor Maroun El-Daccache and Dr. Georges Zouein

Opening Speech: Dr. Joseph Jabbra, President, LAU; H.E. Rony Araygi, Minister of Culture; and Ziad Hawat, President, Municipality of Byblos

10:00 - 10:30: Keynote Speech “Ancient Ports of the Mediterranean, between Abandonment and Resilience” by Professor Pascal Arnaud

11:00 - 13:00: Section I “The City in History, Harbor Cities through History: Changing Roles and Regeneration” moderated by Professor Hala Younes

11:00 - 11:20: “The Architecture of the City” by Professor Elie Haddad

11:20 - 11:40: “Mapping out the Eastern MEditerranean: Past and Present” by Professor Meltem Toksoz

11:40 - 12:00: “Development Plans, Urban and Touristic Actuations on the Fortification of Peñíscola, Castellon-Spain” by Professor Josefa Balaguer Dezcallar

12:20 - 12:40: “Between Sea and the City, Reshaping and Regenerating Spaces: the Case of Genoa Waterfront” by Professor Giampiero Lombardini

12:40 - 13:00: “Modern Architecture and the Mediterranea” by Professor Michelangelo Sabatino

14:30 - 16:45: Section II “Byblos in Transformations, Byblos in Modern Times and its Reaction to External Factors (the 1973-1990 Period and the Nomination of Byblos on the World Heritage List in 1984)” moderated by Professor Elie Harfouche

14:30 - 14:55: “Byblos Through the Ages” by Professor Yasmine Makaroun Bou Assaf

14:55 - 15:20: “New Findings on the Ancient Harbor of Byblos” by Martine Francis-Allouche

15:20 - 15:40: “The University and the City” by Professor Rachid Chamoun

16:00 - 16:20: “Byblos World Heritage Site: Challenges and Opportunity” by Dr. Georges Zouein

16:20 - 16:40: “UNESCO World Heritage Recommendations” by Joseph Kreidy

17:00 - 18:00: Section III “Concluding Roundtable” moderated by Professors Younes-Harfouche

June 10, 2016: 

09:00 - 11:00: Recommendations and Conclusions from LAU, GAIA-Heritage, and UNESCO representative and speakers, moderated by Professor Maroun El-Daccache and Dr. Georges Zouein.