Urban Design
Old and new centres of Arabic cities
The case study Beirut, Lebanon.
(Picture source: (18.02.2007))

Specific functions of the old traditional centres of Arabic cities, e.g. Beirut, are being requested by international and regional tourists and guests in new variations in the modern successful centres and sub-centres ?
Stephan Kinsner
Old and new centres of Arabic cities
I assume the functions of traditional cities would have been both internal and international trade together with concentrations of manufacturing trade skills and therefore higher schools.

Today, internal and international tourism has become a new way of creating revenue through servicing the needs and wants of tourists rather than simply being necessary economic centres of learning, technology and industry.
Frank John Snelling
Old and new centres of Arabic cities

Central to Arabic cities, was of course the Mosque - functional and essential, ornate or not.

With these, the muezzin - announcing times of prayer, the pulse of the community.

In modern cities, wi-fi has become the modern muezzin - essential to all aspects of life and commerce. I suggest that broadband technology has become central to all urban centers.

Certainly, this is both functional, a comfortable technological adaptation recognized and welcomed by modern tourists, while also providing a new contemporary channel for traditional practices.

Ma salemah!
Anthony Stewart


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