Temporal heritage(s) of everyday life in the city of Beirut

This project reviews and contests the established meaning of ‘heritage as in the past’, and focuses on the ‘heritage as embedded in urban place-temporalities and performed rhythms of everyday life’. Cities are temporal hubs of rhythmic performance practices, memories and affect, themselves traces of meaningful pasts. These are collectively performed, sensed and valued and as such, they shape cultural and social identities of place. The project approaches urban place heritage(s), from the perspective of time and everyday life. Firstly, it illustrates how ‘temporal cultural identities of place’ are shaped through everyday social and cultural place-rhythms; and secondly, it argues for and further explores how this ought to be the focus of urban design processes for places and cities overall. The concept of ‘affective temporal heritage’ is illustrated through the case of Beirut, a city of cultural contrast and extreme diversity, yet also with unique and tight socio-spatial neighbourhood identities. A study of the unique social-cultural landscapes of Beirut assists in the conceptualisation. Filipa has delivered two talks on the subject; at UEL (2018), on Temporal heritage(s) of urban everyday life: the urban sense of time, rhythm, design and nostalgia, and at at Beirut Design Week (2019), entitled 'Temporalities of Nostalgia'