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Beirut: From Emergency Patchwork to the Long Term

Fri, Oct 8    1pm

Beirut: From Emergency Patchwork to the Long Term

After two years of economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the August 4, 2020 port blast in Beirut, emergency initiatives such as remittances by the diaspora or the transport of essential supplies through commercial travel have temporarily relieved the Lebanese community, ecosystem, and crumbling infrastructures. However, with no centralized or national organization in sight, such efforts are nothing more than patchwork solutions. The livelihoods of communities in Beirut - and beyond - are hinged to this unsteady lifeline of supplies (clean water, food, energy, medication, and more). How can these initiatives of emergency patchwork transform to long(er)-term solutions and, sustained systems that lead to prosperity?”

Organized by The GSAPP Collective for Beirut in collaboration with Richard Plunz, Professor at GSAPP, and Victor Body-Lawson, Adjunct Associate Professor at GSAPP.

Details of this discussion are to be announced. Review the report Re-Connecting Beirut

Fall 2021 public programming will be a virtual/in-person hybrid. Columbia affiliates holding a green pass may attend in-person events, while the general public may attend via Zoom Webinar. All events will be recorded and available for later viewing unless otherwise noted.

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