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WORKSHOPS 2018
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 

SLOW-HACKING BEIRUT'S BUS MAP 
BY BUS MAP PROJECT
Part of Forum on Cities & Designers in partnership with Public Works Studio

The Bus Map Project team will be leading this half-day slow-hack workshop, where participants are invited to share their skills, ideas and insights around the issue of public transportation in Lebanon. The workshop aims to start a conversation and explore possible longer-term collaborations on issues of information accessibility (visibility, map literacy, languages, media content) and networking (platform, advocacy, data sharing, collaboration). It is open to people from all and no disciplines: riders, photographers, writers, designers, coders, illustrators, engineers, architects, planners, researchers and others are invited to be part of this conversation starter on the unlocked potentials of Beirut’s and Lebanon’s public transport.

For more information: hello@busmap.me

Saturday, June 23
9 AM - 12 PM 
Beirut Digital District 1280
Free of Charge

PROJECTIVE MEMORY: RE-IMAGINING BEIRUT'S MARTYR'S SQUARE
BY ELISAVA 

Taking on BDW2018’s challenge, ELISAVA proposes an intensive workshop called „Projective Memory“, using memory as a design trigger in order to imagine a transformation of Martyr’s Square through
ephemeral architecture and temporary space design. This transformation should explicitly address social inclusion and should attempt to counteract the worldwide tendency toward homogeneous, oversimplified and socially impoverished urban settings (segregation, gentrification), using design to instead foster heterogeneous, complex, vibrant and rich cities.

SITE: MARTYR’S SQUARE
The workshop will focus on re-imagining Martyr’s Square ( as a hub for rich and diverse uses of public space. Once a hotspot of Beirut’s social life, today Martyr’s Square bears the mark of conflict. If the physical scars of war are slowly healing, the square’s condition as a no-man’s land – during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) it formed the demarcation line that physically and symbolically divided the city in half – remains.

METHODOLOGY
The workshop includes three distinct phases:
- Review old photographs (1950s-1970s) of Martyr’s Square focusing on its social functions and the activation of its public space. (PHOTOS)
- Conceptualize past uses from the point of view of what social function they performed and suggest a translation of these uses in today’s terms. (CONCEPTS)
- Using temporary space design, propose transformations of Martyr’s Square re-interpreting the social functions of the recent past adapted to the near future. (PROPOSAL: flat model or tryptich collage piece – past, present, future)

Saturday, June 23 
10 AM  -  7 PM
antwork
Free of Charge

SKETCH DAY IN BEIRUT
BY JUDY'S SKETCHBOOK

Join Judy's Sketchbook and Urban Sketchers Lebanon in a day out. Let's gather our sketch tools and hit the streets of Beirut. This event aims to explore and sketch the streets of Beirut and make as many drawings of the city as we possibly can.

Saturday, June 23
4 PM - 7 PM 
Hamra Street. Starting point: Fransabank 
Fees: 10 USD 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24

THE PUBLIC LIVING ROOM | DESIGN AND BUILD WORKSHOP
BY RPPL INITIATIVE

A workshop where participants design and build a public living room (furniture and shading structure) under the guidance of professional designers who will teach them to practice woodwork and metalwork skills while making a public space come to life.// two workshops, with two tutors: Rawad Rizk for woodwork and Naja Rechmani for metal work. The design and manufacturing will take place from the 23rd till the 25th.

3 Days Workshop
Starts Sunday, June 24
Ends Tuesday, June 26
10 AM - 6 PM 
Small Square on Badaro Street, facing Byblos Bank
Fees: 90 USD 

REMEMBERING WATER - REIMAGINING THE CITY
BY THARAN FERGUS, DIFAF, ATELIER HAMRA, LIL MADINA
Part of Forum on Cities & Designers in partnership with Public Works Studio

Almost all large cities have at some point in time tried to tame their rivers and streams by covering, culverting or lining and straightening them. This has solved some problems but created others. Many cities are now trying to reverse this trend, revitalising both rivers and hydrological systems, mimicking natural processes and greening cities in the process, as well as conserving and saving water. Designers and architects are very much in the forefront of this process. The imagining and images designers and architects create are powerful tools of change in urban planning and a first step to move city bureaucrats, engineers and the public towards a more sustainable water management practice.

This workshop, led by hydrologist Tharan Fergus in collaboration with water management expert Hussam Hawwa (Difaf), architect Maha Issa (Atelier Hamra), and Lil Madina Initiative, will explore different international ‘water in the city’ projects and the water management challenges facing Beirut and Lebanon. How can designers, urban planners and policymakers address these challenges at multiple scales? How can designers help reimagine water as a common resource for the city and its dwellers?

Tharan Fergus Hydrologist based in Oslo Noway, 25 yrs experience in flood and erosion management and river restoration. Currently working for City of Oslo, Agency for Water and Wastewater Services as project developer for 'water in the city' projects: urban river restoration and sustainable stormwater management. 

Hussam Hawwa (Difaf) is an agriculture & biosystems Engineer with masters in rural development and integrated water resources management. More than 10 years’ experience in water, wastewater, and environmental sectors with focus on management, treatment, restoration, and designing of sustainable solutions. Founder of Difaf, an environmental consultancy and technical design bureau focused on improving water and environmental resources through holistic assessments and technical-social interventions.

Maha Issa (Atelier Hamra) Architect by training and landscape architect by practice, Maha was part of the the landscape architecture firm “AgenceTer” in Paris for five years up till 2005. Co-founder, with Gamar Markarian, of Atelier Hamra in 2008:  a multidisciplinary and open design practice allowing for experiments in architecture and landscape architecture. We collaborate with engineers, hydrologists, botanists (and others) to propose the most responsive design to a site. Our projects are developed with a constant concern for sustainability, ecology and water management. In parallel to our practice, we are strong believers in the social role and responsibility of a landscape architect, and are often reflecting on issues regarding public space, access to play areas, and green areas within the city.

Lilmadina Initiative is a collective of researchers, professionals, residents and community activists residing in the Greater Saida Region. Lil-madina engages in various research,design and advocacy activities relating to protecting the natural environment/cultural heritage, resisting problematic planning projects as well as developing alternative visions/policies for the Greater Saida Region. 

Sunday, June 24 
4 PM - 8 PM 
Beit Beirut and Site Visit 
Free of Charge

MONDAY, JUNE 25

VISUAL STORYTELLING
BY DEBBIE MILLMAN 

Visual Storytelling is the art of using language and images to convey a narrative account of real or imagined events. Historically, humans have used this sharing of experience to pass on knowledge, beliefs, values, secrets and information. Through stories we explain how things are, why they are, and our role and purpose. Stories are the building blocks of knowledge and the foundation of memory and learning. Stories connect us with our humanness and link past, present, and future by sharing all of the possible consequences and outcomes of our behavior and actions.
 
Visual Storytelling combines the narrative text of a story with creative elements to augment and enhance the traditional storytelling process. By design, it is a co-creative process resulting in an intimate, interpretive expressive technique. Visual Storytelling passes on the essence of who we are and utilizes both language and art. Stories are a prime vehicle for assessing and interpreting events, experiences, and concepts from minor moments of daily life to the grand nature of the human condition. It is an intrinsic and basic form of human communication. Our ancestors as far back as the cave man have been using visual stories to document and record experiences. Today, the visualization of our personal stories is an integral and essential part of the human experience.
 
Effective visual storytelling is a remarkable art form. Organized in a half-day or one-day workshop, artist and writer Debbie Millman will work with a group of up to 40 participants interested in exploring the art of telling a story through a unique combination of images and words. In this workshop, we will investigate the ability stories have to honor the diversity and commonality of our collective human experience.
 
In this workshop, we will do the following:
 
--Work to define and refine the basic narrative structure of a story
--Plot the visual arc of a story
--Create the visual language of the story
 
The workshop will result in the creation of a visual story for each participant, which will be presented to the group at the end of the workshop.

Monday, June 25 
10 AM - 4 PM
Antwork 
Fees: 40 USD


MAPPING THE CITY: SODECO
BY ANDREWS:DEGEN
Part of Forum on Cities and Designers in partnership with Public Works Studio

During Beirut Design Week, Marc Andrews and Christian Degen, two German designers, will explore the neighborhoods surrounding the Beit Beirut Museum along with local creatives. From a design perspective and methodology, the workshop will examine and investigate how one can contribute to the quality of life in a rapidly changing urban environment. 
Marc and Christian have conducted similar workshops in more than 25 cities worldwide, from China, Colombia, South Africa, Senegal, to Romania, Moldavia and many more.

Both designers live and work in Amsterdam. Together they are running a creative studio for visual communication, andrews:degen, where they are developing strategies and visual concepts for campaigns, identities, publications and online services. They love to share and apply their knowledge in the context of social design for the greater cause. 

Christian Degen (1978, Kleve, Germany) is co-founding partner of andrews:degen and works since 2008 in Amsterdam. He studied graphic design in Cologne, Utrecht and Barcelona. Besides he teaches communication and multimedia design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and provides lectures and workshops on social design at several international art schools and design festivals.

Marc Andrews (1978, Kleve, Germany)is also a co-founding partner of andrews:degen and is a social psychologist and designer. He lives since more then 20 years in the Netherlands. He bundled his interests and passion about visual communication and psychology in the book 'Hidden Persuasion' published by BIS Publishers. Further he coaches young designers in their final projects at the faculty of Multimedia Design in Amsterdam and organises Social Design Workshops around the globe.

4 Days Workshop
Starts Monday, June 25
Ends Thursday, June 28
10 AM - 3 PM
Beit Beirut and surrounding neighborhoods
Free of Charge

PERFORMING (UN)REAL ECONOMIES
BY MING UNN ANDERSEN & YENTSEN LIU

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. What’s the difference between work and play? Where does productivity end and unproductivity begin? Does purposeful play go against the very nature of playfulness?

Performing (un)Real Economies is a playful workshop exploring the use of improvisation games and Live Action Role-Play (LARP) as tools for collectively designing alternative worlds. Through LARPing we can safely fail and try out things we would avoid in real life, making them natural spaces for exploration of what kind of worlds are possible and/or preferable. 
Let’s blur the lines between real and (un)real economies, shifting our sight from the dominant capitalist market, to the unseen diverse practices of work and exchange. Drawing inspiration from the unpaid housework, alternative currencies, gift giving, civic hacking, co-gardening, and candy sharing, we will speculate on what (un)real economies could exist in the future (or a parallel universe). 

The workshop is aimed at creative ‘professionals’ interested in exploring new tools for their practice or anyone interested in questions of diverse economies and spending a day to play. Through peer-learning, laughing, discussion, make-believe and bad acting we will collectively question our own notions of values, labor, productivity - and economy. The workshop will leave you with a new sensibility to economies, and a taste of different improv exercises and how to create and play a LARP.
Take a break from reality and indulge in some (un)real fun.
For more info check our website http://un-real.fun

Monday, June 25
10 AM - 5 PM
antwork 
Free of Charge

TUESDAY, JUNE 26

DEMONSTRATION WORKSHOP IN DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE LEARNING
BY MARIANO ALESANDRO FROM INDEX

Head of future Thinking Mariano Alesandro, from INDEX: Design to Improve Life, will run a short hands-on workshop with focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 
You will get to know the structure of the design based innovation tool The Compass, and you will experience some of the basic techniques and their teaching and learning effects.

Mariano is looking into the future’s horizon, analysing how the designs in INDEX: Award's pipeline work together, identifying design trends, the drivers of change behind them, and how they can help solving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Tuesday, June 26
10 AM - 1 PM
antwork
Fees: 40 USD



GOVERNANCE DESIGN - QUESTIONING AND RETHINKING SOCIETAL GOVERNANCE THROUGH DESIGN
BY TANJA ROSENQVIST 

In this workshop, we explore an emerging (transdisciplinary) field of design - Governance Design. Governance Design is an activist practice, which cuts across traditional design disciplines such as product design, service design and architecture, and calls for an increased awareness and concern for the governing effect of design at large. It highlights the need for designers to be consciously aware of how relations of power and accountability are produced or reproduced through design(ing), and the extend to which societal norms and values influence how and what we design.
 
Through a mix of presentations and small group exercises, this workshop will immerse you in the world of Governance Design. We will together explore the governing effects of mundane objects and technologies and consider how designers, more consciously and deliberately, may use design as a means of questioning and rethinking, societal governance relations. As Governance Design can involve activism, we will also discuss the ethical considerations of engaging in this potentially disruptive practice.

Tuesday, June 26
3 PM - 6 PM
antwork
Fees: 40 USD

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 

DATA VIS-A-VIS THE CITY
BY AHMAD BARCLAY & JOUMANA IBRAHIM

This hands-on workshop is for anyone with an interest in data visualization and in cities. No previous experience of data or design required. Participants will get a crash course in data-driven visual storytelling, collect data from the city around them, and have a go at telling their own visual stories.
We will first start with an introduction to data visualization, exploring questions like what is data? how do we collect and organize it? how to best represent it to communicate our message? 
Participants will then be collecting their data, and working on a specific theme that will be shared during the workshop. They will analyze their findings, and create one or a series of visuals that help communicate their theme.

Wednesday, June 27
2 PM -  6 PM
antwork
Fees: 25 USD

THE BROKEN WINDOW
BY RICHART KHALIL 

The workshop is a game where participants learn how to make activists scenarios for urban changes through role playing.
We will take the issues of gentrification and greenery and set up the environment so stakeholders would know how to respond and therefore present different proposals.

In a more developed way, the workshop aims to take one neighborhood in Beirut, project a fictional case where some developers will build a tower in place of an old building and a park.
The participants will be divided into groups that reflects the social fabric in such projects such as the neighborhood committee, the municipality, the banks, the developers, different ngos, etc.
Each group will have a declared agenda and a hidden one and will all discuss the pros and cons of such a project for the city, over the neighborhood model.
Participants will have to build a case that defends their point of view and the workshop may not attain a recommendation (which is not the target) but the outcomes will teach the different groups about the notion of participatory urbanism, public policies, activism and urban wellbeing.

Wednesday, June 27
3 PM - 7 PM 
Fabrika, Evangelical Brothers Church Street, Achrafieh
Fees: 50 USD
Registration: +961 70 122 888 

BEIRUT ROOFS
BY JANIN WALTER AND LYNN KAIN

Janin Walter  (integrated urban designer and art teacher) and Lynn Kain (interior designer) are experts in different fields for design. For Beirut design week they want to share their knowledge with interested participants of the Beirut design week. With the workshop, we want to create – together with the participants a pilot project, which shows other possibilities of public spaces and enable people to create their own community space including elements for gardening on their roofs.

2 Days Workshop
Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28
10 AM -  7 PM
antwork, rooftop bloc A
Fees: 80 USD 
Registration: ja.wa@berlin.de

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

CITY BRANDING: BEIRUT, A CASE OF REJUVENATION
BY BLUE HAT

Beirut has lost its character due to poor urban planning & the emergence of faceless entities. This collaborative workshop will explore how to solve this problem. Participants will use design thinking techniques and branding principles to propose innovative solutions to rebrand the city of Beirut.

Thursday, June 28
9 AM - 6 PM
Abdul Hamid Karami Street, Bab Idriss, Abboud Abdul Razzak Building, 3rd Floor
Fees: 30 USD  - including breakfast and lunch 

VISIONS FOR A SOCIAL CITY
BY PIA DRECHSEL AND EEVA CAMPBELL

We believe that inspiring through possibility is more powerful than highlighting problems. Design is our tool to make invisible possibilities into inspiring visions.
We ask:
What does our dream city feel like? And how can we visualize this dream? Especially when it is more about everyday interaction than flying cars. A city equally defined by physical space as by human interaction.
In this workshop, we will use design methods, communication strategy, and some serious play to create social visions to believe in.
You will come in with ideas of what you would change in the city. You will go out with a strong tool for getting people to believe in your ideas.
Take away:
An understanding of why project visions work
Practical design methods for fuzzy beginnings
Co-creation methods to focus multiple opinions
Visualisation techniques
A real statement and vision
Method cards of the methods used
What we will do:
We start by creatively reframing our definitions of a social city. In groups, we develop statements that clarify ideas, challenges or reasons. We then co-create ideas to connect people or open accessibility. And then we visualise these ideas. The result: strong messages through clear words and the fun of collage – inspiring visions born from a unification of purpose and play.

Thursday, June 28
10 AM - 4 PM
antwork
Fees: 40 USD
Registration:  www.ihjoz.com/events/3360