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Towards a shared prosperity: co-designing solutions in Lebanon’s spaces of displacement

Mintchev, N; Baumann, H; Moore, H; Rigon, A; Dabaj, J; (2019) Towards a shared prosperity: co-designing solutions in Lebanon’s spaces of displacement. Journal of the British Academy , 7 (S2) pp. 109-135. 10.5871/jba/007s2.109. Green open access

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Abstract

This article argues that a citizen science and participatory planning approach to infrastructure can lead to significant outcomes for improving quality of life, as well as building pathways to shared prosperity in diverse urban environments. Drawing on examples from Lebanon — a country that is heavily impacted by displacement from neighbouring Syria — the article argues that the practice of co-design creates opportunities for social inclusion and engagement that are often missing from top-down infrastructural development projects. This point is illustrated through the case studies of Ziad Kalthoum’s (2018) film Taste of Cement and a participatory spatial intervention organised by a British Academy-funded project in which the authors took part. Focussing specifically on the dimension of subjectivity, the article claims that participatory planning that engages both hosts and refugees can encourage collective aspirations and affirmation of difference rather than the social divisions and negative stereotyping that often result from infrastructural exclusions.

Type: Article
Title: Towards a shared prosperity: co-designing solutions in Lebanon’s spaces of displacement
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5871/jba/007s2.109
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/007s2.109
Language: English
Additional information: The Journal of the British Academy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Keywords: infrastructure, subjectivity, participation, citizen science, refugees, diversity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079597
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