Professors Kivanc Kilinc and Carla Aramouny from the Department of Architecture and Design (ArD) at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) have recently guest co-edited a special issue of World Architecture Magazine (April 2020, Issue 202004, No. 358) which is published by the School of Architecture in Tshingua University in China. This project is the outcome of both departments' mutual efforts for an increased collaboration.
The issue is titled, 'The Cities and Architectures of the Middle East: New Challenges, Emerging Practices'. It offers an overview of contemporary architecture and urbanism in the Middle East from two different yet interdependent angles: One deals with prominent architectural projects and dominant trends in urban development and the other with emerging local practices responding to global challenges. Those who adopt the second approach have been more interested in “healing” the city’s broken parts in the architectural and neighborhood level, as spatial catalysts, than large-scale urban planning interventions.
Carla Aramouny and Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh from ArD at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Mohammad Gharipour from Morgan State University, and Sebnem Yucel from MEF University contributed to the collection with essays. Projects by 11 architectural offices across the region have been covered, and colleagues from China, Lebanon and Turkey contributed with brief comments to reflect on the featured design works.