BDW SUSTAINABILITY WEEKEND TALKS /1 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SATURDAY MAY 21
11:00 AM – 08:30 PM
SUSTAINABILITY & THE CITY /1
DESIGN & THE CITY BY PUBLIC WORKS STUDIO
12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
This seminar is on Creative Research, Inclusive Design, and Communication. It explores socially-engaged design approaches for the city, addressing urbanism, creative research, and activism. It will focus on the role of designers and architects as initiators, investigators, creators, campaigners, organizers, critics and propagators of alternative urban futures.
- Practicing the Public by Ahmad Gharbieh
- Narrating Beirut from its Tenants Stories by Public Works
- Beirut Madinati by Beirut Madinati team members
- Open discussion
- Participation in Urban Design: the Case of Ajial Center in Nahr Bared Camp by Public Works
- Revisiting Dalieh: Three Design Proposals for Beirut’s Seafront by the Competition Winners
- Open discussion
SUSTAINABILITY & THE CITY /2
BEYOND KED BY LEBANESE ARCHITECTURE CLUB & MENA DRC
03:00 PM – 03:30 PM
After spending several months discovering KED, The Lebanese Architecture Club and MENA Design research Center architects have chosen to shed some light on the misuse of Karantina as a waste dump and its interesting history over the past years. The talk focuses on the restoration of KED and the overall design process. The main intent of KED is to be a good example that can be a part of the current social impact towards achieving and understanding sustainability. The comprehension that a sustainable utopia is never achieved led us to focus on implementing a limited number of elements such as energy, water, materials, recycling, composting, mobility, communication, use of local resources, and having collaborative efforts to the best of our ability.
BEYOND SUSTAINABILITY: A LOOK AT BIOPHILIA & BIOMIMICRY BY THEOTHERDADA
03:30 PM – 04:00 PM
theOtherDada will explain how Biophilic design can generate new relationships between the place and its inhabitants by incorporating natural elements such as light, sound, odor, weather, water, vegetation animals and landscapes.
Moreover, by asking “How does Nature design”, theOtherDada will elaborate more extensively on the opportunities offered by Biomimicry: Emulating Nature’s Genius in solving problems ranging from design, construction and organization. Design inspired by nature helps us move towards a more holistic and harmonious system of exchange generating new spatial experiments and living conditions in tune with nature.
REVISITING CHARACTER, IDENTITY AND ATMOSPHERES BY ANA SERRANO
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Through a journey on a number of projects, which Ana Serrano has been involved with in the last 15 years, she will question the potential of site-specific architectural and artistic interventions to enhance contemporary urban conditions in the contexts of UK and Lebanon.
Ana Serrano is a London-based practicing architect, educator and researcher and a member of the Documentation and Conservation of Modern Movement (DO.CO.MO.MO) UK working party.
THE GREEN FUTURE OF CITIES BY PIUARCH
04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
The city, the architecture and the food system are complex and interrelated networks. In recent years, planners, architects, environmental scientists and the food community have globally worked on the link between the city and the necessity of green areas.
These areas are not only environmental or decorative, they are areas used for the new concept of urban agriculture. Farming within municipal boundaries, creates a resistance to industrial agriculture and inspires a new engagement of citizens with their first source of energy: food.The need for improving the quality of urban spaces has often been answered by creating vegetable gardens and green spaces. There is a great potential to regenerate the urban landscape merging aesthetics with a wide range of new functions: that's the idea of a new kind of urban spaces where to cultivate organic products, these vegetable gardens can create new forms of aggregation, they are spaces for enlarged communities where explore new forms of interaction, of work, of social mixed uses. Farming in urban areas improve the civic life and the environmental quality of the city, and has revealed to be an increasingly popular concept.Today we face new challenges. Pressing issues regarding people and their relationship with the built environment in all its complexity: segregation, inequalities, peripheries, natural disasters, crime, traffic, waste, pollution and quality of life. It is clear that the figure of the architect, with its role and responsibilities, is the focus, with no chance of mediation or deception. Architecture’s power of synthesis in the face of complex issues is crucial. Although architecture cannot save the planet, it does have major responsibilities towards it.
SUSTAINABILITY OF THE DESIGN INDUSTRY
PANEL DISCUSSION: THE DESIGN INDUSTRY IN LEBANON
05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Since October, MENA Design Research Center has been developing a research project on the design industry in Lebanon. Moderated by lead researcher on the project, Judith Leijdekkers, the panel discussion will identify results of the research and engage guest experts and the audience in a critical discussion about challenges of the industry and the economy in Lebanon. The discussion will focus on two specific topics: surviving the Lebanese market and collaborating with competition.
INTEGRATING TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP INTO CURRENT DESIGN BY INTAJ
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
INTAJ supports sustainable initiatives for economic growth and job creation by funding skills trainings, emerging businesses, and solid waste management & recycling initiatives.
The talk will cover the ways INTAJ can support you, the Artisanal craftsmanship and Current Trends, the Role of Designers in Driving Economic Growth, and Product Design for Waste Management.