LDEM professor Yaser Abunnasr took part in the New York-Beirut Briefing held November 28. The Briefing, How Communities Imagine the Sea and How the Sea Creates Communities, is a recent AUB initiative to assist with the spread research of Faculty in North America. Faculty members and collaborators in Beirut and New York delivered presentations on specific topics followed by a group discussion.
Dr. Abunnasr delivered a presentation and managed the discussion in Beirut. The presentation entitled “The shoreline as a sink, source, habitat, and conduit” delivered a conceptual understanding of the shoreline that emanates from a landscape ecological understanding of the shoreline as the space and demarcation line of flows between and across sea and the land. This work builds on previous design studio teaching at the LDEM department, FAFS and the service work conducted with Dr. Mona Fawaz, Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning, AUB, and Mr. Habeeb Debs, architect, urban planner, civil engineer and owner of the URBI firm in Beirut, on the development of a planning proposal for the coastal area of Beirut.
Both experiences were integrated into the landscape ecological factor that brings together human and natural understanding, providing examples of how the shoreline can be a sink (inward flows: pollution, garbage, illegalities), source (outward flows: life, food, ecological diversity/complexity), habitat (stagnant flows: flora and fauna, resorts/hotels), and conduit (flows through the shoreline: accessibility, barrier of movement).
Click here for the event's video.