This collection of essays and maps digs beyond the apparent dichotomies between public and private spaces in an effort to understand what makes public space such a complex minefield. The publication starts with the premise that practices of the commons/publics are sustained in Lebanon. Through their analysis as complex systems of multiple publics rife with power relations but also progressive claims, the publication puts forward a set of readings that shed light on the functioning of the city and provides potential paths for intervening to improve the quality of the city’s spaces. It builds on mappings and ethnographic accounts of more or less known sites, laced together in narratives of resilience and coexistence.

Public Property Spatial Practices and Mobilizations Beirut Governorate Lebanon