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Title:Reflecting on urban resilience based on analyses of al-Zaa’tari Camp for Syrian refugees in al-Mafraq, Jordan
Author(s):Zaghloul, Tooma H.
Advisor(s):Miraftab, Faranak
Contributor(s):Fawaz, Mona
Department / Program:Urban & Regional Planning
Discipline:Urban Planning
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Refugee Camp
Urban Resilience
Humanitarian Aid
Planning Theory
State of Exception
Planning Ethics
Urban Theory
Abstract:Considering the unprecedented and ever-growing number of refugees in the twenty-first century and the issues related to spaces of refuge, now reaching 66 million people, and a roughly estimated seventeen years as the average length of refugees’ stay in a camp, can we still manage these populations from an emergency perspective? Shall we continue to use the city as a comparison-unit to explore these spaces? This research sheds the light on the urban practices that emerge within refugee camps. In doing so, it recognizes spaces of refuge as urban agglomerations. It also acknowledges the life-producing actions of refugees which challenge equating them as mere objects of humanitarian intervention, and the treatment of camps as spaces of “exception” and emergency. The case of al-Zaa’tari Camp for Syrian Refugees in al-Mafraq, Jordan will be used to argue for the importance of spaces of refuge in the planning thought and practice as it sets a profound example of urban resilience. The study concludes with a discussion on the planners’ expected role and intervention in the development of refugee settlements.
Issue Date:2018-07-18
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Tooma H. Zaghloul
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-27
Date Deposited:2018-08

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