Howayda Al-Harithy, professor of architecture and urban design at AUB who organized the City Debates. (Photo courtesy of Howayda Al-Harithy)
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The 15th edition of the American University of Beirut's City Debates conference concluded Wednesday, with participants discussing refugee settlement as a potential force for urbanization.Scholars were invited to explore methods of urban reconstruction with regard to the displaced and challenge current notions of displaced communities.Loren Landau from the University of Witwatersrand's African Center for Migration and Society used his work on migrant communities in countries including South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya to argue that what might be thought of as a solution for the displaced, such as solidarity and integration, might actually be at odds with what it takes to survive in a city.
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