DESIGN & SUSTAINABILITY AT POLYPODIUM
Polypodium, as part of Beirut Design Week, is hosting seven speakers and two sessions around the theme of Growing Sustainability.
On Tuesday 24 May at 7 pm at Polypod, architects Aram Yeretzian, Kas Oosterhuis and Maha Nasrallah will showcase their architectural work followed by a moderated discussion on advancing sustainable building strategies beyond current practice.
On Thursday 26 May at 7 pm at Polypod, Nour Kays of NK design, Waleed Jad and Marc Metni of Waste, and Ziad Abichaker of GGRIL, will speak about their process as they recycle everyday trash into usable and well-designed objects.
Polypodium invites local and global luminaries to bring people together to discuss ideas and the creative process. The events take place within our informal studio space, which encourages more personal interaction with the speakers. So far the series have involved graphic designers, authors, thought-leaders, product designers, architects, filmmakers, artists, and information designers.
24 May, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
26 May, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION BY ROLF HEIMANN & CHRISTOPHE BEAUFAYS
Sustainability in fashion addressed in a comprehensive manner and throughout the garment production process. Invited guests: Rolf Heimann pioneer in Textile Ecology and Christophe Beaufays, Senior Designer with Jean-Paul Gautier and others, and currently working in Saudia Arabia for LOMAR.
25 May, 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
PECHAKUCHA NIGHT BEIRUT VOL. 25
PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps, in the PK 20x20 format: 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Pecha Kucha was created in Japan by the architectural agency Klein Dytham and is happening in more than 800 cities in the world.
For this new edition of PK Nights in Beirut, we have gathered amazing speakers from multiple fields. Let's get together at KED for a night of creative and inspiring stories.
- Elie Mouhanna - Marsaben
- Layal Jebran - Deghri messengers
- Soraya and Farah - Mansion silkscreen
- Majed Al Medawar - Parkour
- Moustapha - Alternative Tours Beirut
- Lena Merhej - The Story Center
- Johnny Girges & Maher Safar - Cirqu'en ciel
- Marilyn Haddad - Independent Animator
- Tamara Barrage- Product Design
- Diana Abou Abbas - Marsa
- Karim Haroun - Democracy: A most Civil War
25 May, 08:20 PM – 10:00 PM
SYMPOSIUM: FASHION, DESIGN, IDENTITY BY LAU & LCF
Panel 1: Fashion mediation: Cultural Translation of Fashion and Dress Identities within and Beyond the Region.
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Our expert panel evaluates local fashion/arts education and social enterprise’s role in grafting a regional fashion culture that integrates social and environmental sustainability. We explore how the fashion community can preserve regional artisan skills, educating the next generation of craftspeople, designers, and mediators, and promoting their work on the world stage.
Chair Yasmine Taan
- Ritu Upadhyay: Middle East correspondent Women’s Wear Daily
- Johnny Farah: designer, retailer, restauranteur
- Sarah Beydoun: founder of social enterprise Sarah’s bags
Panel 2: Faith and Fashion: Religious and Regional Taste Cultures on the International Market
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Exploring dress politics for designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, and retailers in the local and regional fashionscape, our experts investigate how local gender codes and ethnic clustering influence retail practice; how to market the distinctiveness of Lebanese and regional design on the international stage; the local reverberations of the recent fashion industry’s recent construction of Muslims as a global consumer segment.
Chair Reina Lewis
- Cynthia Chamat, designer, retailer, Boutique Hub
- Shelina Janmohamed, vice president, Ogilvy Noor, Ogilvy & Mather
- Kendall Robbins, Fashion Programme Manager, British Council
The panels will be followed by a reception.
26 May, 04:00 PM – 08:30 PM
DESIGN FOR A REASON BY STUDIO RYGALIK
10 good reasons to make design still worthwile in the overloaded world full of products. Studio Rygalik is based in Warsaw, Poland and run by Tomek and Gosia Rygalik. The team develops a wide variety of comprehensive projects. The focus is on furniture, products and spaces. The scope is wide – from design, development and implementation of new products to site-specific installations and production of limited editions, as well as objects, dining experiences and workshops that explore the relations of design, food and eating. The team remains on the fringe of distinctly commercial activities, while engaging in cultural practices and building its experimental identity. The work includes projects for ABR, Absolut, Artek, Bozar, Comforty, Dupont/Corian, Heal's, Heineken, Ideal Standard, Iker, Moroso, Noti, Pfleiderer, ProfiM, Siemens and EU Presidency. Over the last few years the work was exhibited in Berlin, Frankfurt, Lodz, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Poznan, Warsaw, Valencia and Vienna. It was also published internationally in magazine articles and press features, including Icon, Interni, Wallpaper, Experimenta, Blueprint, New York Times and Financial Times.
27 May, 06:00 PM – 06:30 PM
INSIDE A CREATIVE MIND BY JESSE BOWLEY AT KED
Feeling uninspired? American Community School's artist-in-residence will give you a dose of current research on creativity and the brain, focusing on how to cultivate creative thinking and behavior by redesigning the physical and emotional environment.
27 May, 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM
FOLDMARKS BY KITE
Foldmarks is an impromptu discussion birthed from the everyday packaging criteria designers are faced with. It highlights the importance of creating sustainable packaging systems through the material, the visual language, the process resources and the functions of each package within a whole.
27 May, 07:30 PM – 08:00 PM
RE-MAPPING KARANTINA BY LEBANESE ARCHITECTURE CLUB
During a full day workshop, participants re-examined and re-mapped the Karantina neighborhood using different available and accessible tools, such as our bodies, vehicles, phones, cameras or computers.
During this open presentation with the public, the participants will present and discuss the results – a collection of drawings, images, films, text, sounds (…), each documenting an aspect of the neighborhood and a different relation between the author and the space.
28 May, 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM