KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ibtihal Youssef El Bastawissi

Ibtihal.jpgIbtihal Youssef El Bastawissi has been the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Beirut Arab University (BAU) since 2015. Prior to that, she served as the vice dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Faculty of Engineering – Alexandria University. Professor El-Bastawissi’s experience is not limited to academics it expands to include practices. She was part of nineteen projects and applied researches from the local, national, and international levels. She collaborated with governmental agencies and foreign bodies such as USAID, UNEP, GOPP, TDA, the Ministry of International Cooperation, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Culture. She has been a consultant for many professional organizations. She was a member of the steering committee of Syndicate of Engineers -Alexandria since 1996 until 2011. She received many honors for her achievements in the professional field. In December 2018, she has been assigned as the Institutional Coordinator for SDG9 of the International Association of Universities (IAU) thematic Cluster on Higher Education and Sustainable development (HESD), representing BAU. Recently in February 2021, and also representing BAU, she has been selected to be the Director of the Scientific Chair for Creative Sustainability at the Secretariat of the Executive Council and the General Conference / National Committees Section, Affiliated to the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization - ALECSO.

Urban Lab as a Catalyst for Promoting Resilient Cities

Urban Resilience is lately acknowledged as an approach adopted by many cities to resist environmental, economic and social unforeseen urban threats. Within the current Lebanese context, a comprehensive urban resilient strategy is necessary for risk management and mitigation to cope with multiple crisis. In order to implement this strategy, policy makers need the tools to tackle urban complexities and big data. Thus, Urban Lab is a platform that can encompass urban science and help decision making in order to respond rapidly to a range of risks and preparedness in the co-designing of resilient urban communities. Therefore, higher education institutions can be considered as catalysts for providing technical and academic resources through an interdisciplinary collaboration.  An urban lab supports the role of the university in society through creating mechanisms to develop innovative solutions for urban challenges and spatial planning.
Beirut Arab University (BAU) latest engagement based on university-community collaborations in Beirut are discussed as well as the recovery processes in response to Beirut Blast. Additionally, case studies of innovative projects implemented in selected cities will be investigated. The finding highlights on the importance of multidisciplinary methodological strategies using Systems thinking and innovation through design processes..


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