Housing and Financialization in Times of Crisis- Fall 2020 Webinar
In the Fall of 2020, the Beirut Urban Lab is holding the second part of its webinar series under the theme of "Housing and Financialization in Times of Crisis." Watch videos of the webinars here.
Large Scale Urban Projects
Watch Koenraad Bogaert and Martin J. Murray as they present their work on large scale urban projects in two different contexts. Bogaert begins to present his work on mega-projects located in several cities in Morocco, showing how decision-making power is being shifted from conventional state institutions to new ones, erasing the aspect of accountability and introducing new authoritarian practices.
In a similar approach, Murray presents his work on the Waterfall City project, a privatized corporate project in Johannesburg (South Africa) that engages in profit-making activities and functions as a pseudo-state agency with the administrative powers of a municipality. He raises important questions on the vanishing role of public authority and the making of new corporate cities that bears little relation to conventional practices of city building.
Leïla Vignal commented on both talks with intellectually stimulating questions and valuable insights.