The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present Mecca: The Lived City, a colloquium examining the ways in which the city of Mecca is imagined, remembered, represented, and visualized from the perspectives of history, literature, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
Organized by: Gareth Doherty, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program, Harvard Graduate School of Design; and William Granara, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.
Thursday, May 2
Keynote, Harvard Hall 102
5pm: Mecca: From Revolution to Redevelopment
Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University
Friday, May 3
All day: Panels, Harvard Hall 102
9:00am: Opening remarks
9:15: Tyler Kynn (Yale University): Between Empire and Sacred Space: Mecca as a Global Space in the Early Modern World
10:15: Ali Almajnooni (SUNY Binghamton): The Meccan Alley: The Decline of Vernacular Architecture
11:30: Omer Shah (Columbia University): "Made in Makkah”: Smart Technology and Human Resources in the Holy City
12:30pm: Lunch break
2:00: Drew Wensley (Moriyama & Teshima Planners, Toronto): Mecca: City of Offering/City of Need
3:00: Hussam Dakkak (Studio Bound, London): Makkah's Belongings
4:15: Discussion & wrap-up
5:00: End of colloquium
Download colloquium abstracts here.
Contact: Liz Flanagan