2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Pan-Arab Highway: Curbing the Urban Sprawl  

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Posters

Activity ID: NPC187084


  • Trace the procession of the Pan-Arab Highway, locate major Middle Eastern cities on its path, and assess their potential for transit-oriented development
  • Visualize the impact of relaxed zoning laws and rapid sprawl in the Lebanon Beqaa Valley and compare with scenarios from study areas of a similar scale
  • Understand the necessity of urban densification by reflecting on the functionality of existing models in major towns in the Beqaa Valley


The Pan-Arab Highway in Lebanon, currently under construction, proceeds along an existing historic trade route that shaped more than 20 towns in its path. When completed, the highway is expected to significantly change these towns. The area of study will encompass a 35-mile buffer around a 20-mile section of the Pan-Arab highway crossing through the Beqaa Governorate in Lebanon. The poster will present a historical account of the transportation network and built environment growth and a projection of future sprawl based on previous trends in the Beqaa area.

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Session Speakers

Lynn Abdouni
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Stephen J. Ramos
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

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