Hashim Sarkis named dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Hashim Sarkis — a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, a practicing architect whose works have been built in the United States and the Middle East, and a leading expert on design in the Middle East — has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), effective in January…. Read more

Hashim Sarkis has been a supporter and major contributor of the Civil Coalition, writing several articles defying the highway project, and in support of urban planning alternatives :

The bridge to a better Beirut

Beirut chooses History over highway

Hashim Sarkis also co-wrote and signed Declaration of Experts opposed to the highway project :

The Declaration of Experts

Let’s put this in perspective with the way Bilal Hamad, mayor of Beirut, described the Coalition : as ignorants, loudmouthsliars, romantics with long hair and dishonnest propagandists. 

Quite ironic, coming from the chief of a municipality that never was able to produce a single study or assessment able to prove the need, the feasibility or the advantages of the Fouad Boutros highway.

Trying to discredit the Civil Coalition simply does not work and this website is here to assert and reassert the well founded, credible and knowledge-based arguments of our mobilisation.


Fight builds for Beirut’s cultural heritage – Al Jazeera

Beirut, Lebanon – As the municipality moves ahead with a long-awaited road project that will cut through the heart of several Beirut neighbourhoods, civil society groups are decrying the project as outmoded and potentially destructive to the city’s cultural heritage.

“We have to take this project out of the municipality’s agenda,” said architect and urban planner Jihad Kiame, who alleges the proposed highway will demolish a historic orchard and dozens of properties, devastating the architectural remnants of a neighbourhood in east Beirut known as Hikmeh

The Beirut municipality’s Fouad Boutros project is the latest manifestation of the “Hikmeh-Turk” axis plan. Devised in the 1950s to provide a link for motorists from the main avenues of … Read more