The 16th Chadirji Awards


It’s the 16th Chadirji Award for Architecture students in Lebanon. 18 Students from 8 different universities (LU, AUB, USEK, BAU, ALBA, NDU, LAU, Manar) with 18 different architectural projects participated in this competition which is considered the most important architectural competition in Lebanon.

The Event was organized by the Chadirji Foundation in collaboration with the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut. The jury included experts and international architects like Francesco Polesello and Edward Suzuki.
The results of the competition were announced on Friday 26 February in the Order of Engineers and Architects.
And the winners (for 2015 projects) are:

– 1st Prize: Vanessa Houeiss (USEK): Synthetic Discovery in Beirut
– 2nd Prize: Ghalia Korban (AUB)
– 3rd Prize: Alexandre Zein (USEK): Syrian Refugees Camp

Congrats for the winners !!

> you can check the photos of the event by visiting this page’s photo album: Press HERE


Design Workshop: “Healing Architecture”

12386610_10156387343135473_1186702160_nDesign Workshop: “Healing Architecture”

As-Safra, Lebanon 04-11 January 2016

It’s this time of the year where Parallel Studio celebrate holidays in meaningful ways! Join their next healing architecture design workshop on January 2016 at As-Safra Lebanon

“Healing Architecture” is a design workshop for architecture and design students to learn about healing old and abandoned spaces within our communities with a real case study of an old house where the workshop is hosted in As-Safra Mount Lebanon. Students will have the opportunity to learn methods used by Cuban Organization Arquitectos De La Comunidad

Entry Fees are $20 that cover attendance and brunch breaks of the 7 day event!
RSVP by mail
Limited seats for 20
Jury members and Certificate Eligibility to be announced

For more info:

10 Gifts To Surprise Your Architect Boyfriend !

Courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors Shop

Often one gets bewildered and stuck while planning gifts for an upcoming occasion. On top of that a gift idea for a friend or a significant other who is an architect feels even harder to crack! Whether the giver belongs to the design community or not, an architect’s sophisticated taste cautions one.

Gifting here becomes an art of comprehending the other person’s taste and requirement. An act which demands thoughtfulness, consideration with a bit of humor and surprise. So apart from the conventional pricey presents bought from a stationer, or perhaps a set of literary classics on Corbusier, Kahn or Vitruvius, these are some quirky suggestions. One might want to have a quick look at this list. Depending on the purpose and penchant of an architect, the list appeals to every whim and affectation.

1. 3Doodler

Courtesy of 3Doodler

In an age where 3D Printing is practicable to almost every aspect of life, a 3Doodler is something as good as a magic wand, at least metaphorically. An architect who intrinsically communicates through diagrams and models, can use this to scribble, trace or gesticulate. You just wave a finger in the air or draw a form on base, and presto! An instant actualization of one’s imagination is ready. These 3D printing pens are available with an assortment of colorful cartridges. Offering a plethora of possibilities, this gift can kindle a flare of limitless creativity.

2. Wrap-a-nap: A pillow, blindfold and an earmuff – all in one

Courtesy of Wrap-a-Nap

Known for their nocturnal habits and exhaustive lifestyles, architects are one of the most hardworking group of professionals.  The sleepless nights before the deadlines, and the weary eyed efforts to keep awake during elaborate office presentations, often leave architects outworn. This one is quite a relieving solution for such a fatigued architect friend, who’s up for power naps in any situation, regardless of how bright, loud or clogged it is. This simple yet genius product can make sleeping a less-cumbersome affair altogether.

3. Lego Blocks

Courtesy of LEGO® Architecture


For all those who have an architect friend who’s inquisitive and playfully childlike, Lego is the ultimate gift.  Imagine an architectural Lego model lying on your friend’s desk and a broad smile on his/her face. Plus the fun and sense of pride for having assembled such an interesting piece of puzzle is a cherry on the top. While a modernist fan can spend hours building the mini version of Fallingwater or Villa Savoye, imagine how delightful it might be for a minimalist to construct Farnsworth House or Eames House?


4. A Portable Coffee Machine

Courtesy of Stelton

For all those workaholics who thrive on caffeination, a perfect cup of coffee can be the answer to the most knackering day. A self-made espresso brewed from one of such portable coffee machines can deliver a heavenly satisfaction. One does not need to depend on electricity or more hands, to make that perfect cup of coffee. All you need is coffee, water and such a machine which makes life simpler.


5. A Tabletop Water Garden or a Terrarium

Courtesy of Back to the Roots - Water Garden

Who wouldn’t like to have a speck of green on their desk? Especially, those who’re the ‘green’ buffs, with their heightened sensitivity towards Nature, a little aquaponic tabletop can do wonders. Perhaps even a simple DIY terrarium, designed and cultivated at home, would not only soothe one’s sight, but also add that special personal touch to the gift. This is one gift that surely adds life to an irksome routine.

6. A Wooden/ Steel Bin

Courtesy of Bunaco Dustbox

Is your architect friend having a really rough day at office? Does his boss drive him crazy, while his teammates keep repeating the same mistakes again and again? This gift is for all those, whose shredders start choking after an endless toil of tearing and trashing drawings. A state of the art wooden bin. Not only does it add fun to disposal, but it can also be used as a storage container for keeping those imperial sized plots in place. A 2-in-1 solution for the haphazard offices.

7. Herringbone / Harris Tweed Scarf

Courtesy of Catherine Aitken

Architects are apparently the sexiest, as seen on television commercials and in Hollywood Movies. This suave and charm often withers as the pile of projects grows larger and the brief site visits become daylong trips. A herringbone or a Harris Tweed scarf completes the ‘architect’ avatar. Specially in winters, with temperatures dropping lower than the time of the day, a personalized stylish scarf would not only protect against the cold, but also remind them of how much you care for him/her.

8. Multimedia Video Glasses / 3D Vision

Courtesy of Carl Zeiss Multimedia OLED – VR ONE

The overworked architectural jargon like ‘3D’ and ‘spatial quality’ can be better illustrated and justified, with this expensive gadget. The multimedia video glasses, are like one step further into the world of virtual reality. Struggling to convince a client who’s too slow to visualize? Here it is! An experiential walk-through from different spaces, conceived and designed as per your dear architect friend.

9. Keyboard Shortcut Skins

Courtesy of Photojojo

Whether they use a MAC, or a windows PC, architects can barely work without keyboard shortcuts. Whether an AutoCAD addict or some Photoshop geek, his fingers are always toggling keys or pressing them in myriad combinations. At times, when they tend to forget or mix up the commands, these keyboard skins, can be a great help. A smart way of doing many things at one go.

10. Some more books

Courtesy of Simon Garfield

All the fond readers of architecture, crave certain titles, no matter how many editions they’ve collected or how many times they’ve read them. May it be Ayn Rand’s evergreen classic ‘Fountainhead’, Doug Patt’s ‘How to Architect’, Simon Garfield’s ‘Just My Type: A Book about Fonts’ or Matthew Frederick’s ‘101 Things I Learned in Architecture School’, the chances are that no architect would ever be less happier to receive these.

By: Khushboo Vyas
source: Arch2O

Program of “ArchMaratahon Awards – Beirut 2015”

Program of “ArchMaratahon Awarads – Beirut 2015”
8-9-10 October – Biel Hall 3



8.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00 – 11.00 OPENING CEREMONY
Organizing Committee FLE – Mrs. Jahida Itani
Publicomm – President Simona Finessi
President of the Organization of Arab Architects (OAA) – Dr. Antoine Charbel
President of the Mediterranean Union of Architects (UMAR) – Mr. Andre Bekhaazy
Secretary General of the Federation of Arab Engineers (FAE) – Dr. Adel Al Hadithi
International Union of Architects (UIA) – Mr. Frederic Ragot (on behalf of the President of UIA)
Federation of Lebanese Engineers – President Khaled Chehab
Official patronage, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Mr. Nabih Berri
11.00 – 11.30 EXPO OPENING
11.40 – 11.50 President of Architects Branch, Order of Engineers and Architects of Tripoli – Mr. Wassim Naghi
11.50 – 12.00 Archmarathon Chair Judge – Dr. Luca Molinari
1 12.00 – 12.25 109 Architectes USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du Sport Education Building
2 12.25- 12.50 AAU ANASTAS The National Conservatory of Music Education Building
3 12.50 – 13.15 Abdullah Al-Hadrami Thula Fort Restoration Landscape&Public Spaces
4 13.15 – 13.40 AEB THE FIRE STATION Artist in Residence Arts&Culture
5 13.40 – 14.05 AGI Architects La Ascensión del Señor Church Religious Building
6 15.00 – 15.25 Alataş Architecture & Consulting Ipera 25 Mixed Tenure Housing
7 15.25 – 15.50 Alnasser + Partners JP-Jets VIP terminal Transport
8 15.50 – 16.15 Alper Derinboğaz Augmented Structures Landscape&Public Spaces
9 16.15 – 16.40 Apractice Studio MINA 1394 Office Building Workspaces
10 16.40 – 17.05 AREP Casa-Port railway station Transport
11 17.05 – 17.30 Antonas Office Open Air Office Workspaces
12 17.30 – 17.55 ARX Portugal Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension Arts&Culture
13 17.55 – 18.20 Atelier130 Senteurs d’Orient Headquarters Workspaces

8.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00 – 10.10 President of Architects Branch, Order of Engineers and Architects, Beirut – Mr. Elie Khoury
10.10 – 10.30 Mr. Gökhan Avcıoğlu_GAD ARCHITECTURE. Winner of The Crowd Awards|Archmarathon 2014
1 10.30 – 10.55 BLANKPAGE Architects Amchit Residence Private Housing
2 10.55 – 11.20 gambardellarchitetti Popular Housing Mixed Tenure Housing
3 11.20 – 11.45 Fernandez-Abascal & Muruzábal Unquera Parrish Center Church of the Holy Martyrs Religious Building
4 11.45 – 12.10 Emine Öğün Mehmet Öğün Architects Amanruya Hotel&Leisure
5 12.10 – 12.35 TOPIARIS Tagus Linear Park Landscape&Public Spaces
6 12.35 – 13.00 Francesco Librizzi Studio Casa G Private Housing
7 13.00 – 13.25 Groupe 3 Architectes Mohammed VI Football Academy Education Building
8 15.00 – 15.25 Libya Design Cultural Centre Doshma Cafe Gallery Arts&Culture
9 15.25 – 15.50 Mimarlar ve Han Tümertekin SALT Galata Arts&Culture
10 15.50 – 16.15 MoDus Architects Ring-road Transport
11 16.15 – 16.40 Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects Redevelopment of the New Waterfront in Thessaloniki Landscape&Public Spaces
12 16.40 – 17.05 OTO Arquitectos Natural Park Headquarters Landscape&Public Spaces
13 17.05 – 17.30 OUALALOU + CHOI VOLUBILIS Arts&Culture
14 17.30 – 17.55 Piuarch Porta Nuova Workspaces

8.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00 – 10.10 President of the Architects Association, Order of Engineers and Architects, Beirut – Mr. Habib Sadek
10.10 – 10.30 Mr. Francisco Leiva Ivorra and Mr. Andrés Llopis Pérez_GRUPO ARANEA. Overall Winner|Archmarathon 2014
1 10.30 – 10.55 platau | platform for architecture and urbanism Zgharta house Private Housing
2 10.55 – 11.20 PROMONTORIO L’And Vineyards Hotel Hotel&Leisure
3 11.20 – 11.45 Raëd Abillama Architects IXSIR Winery Hotel&Leisure
4 11.45 – 12.10 Saad El Kabbaj – Driss Kettani – Mohamed Amine Siana Architects Technology School of Guelmim Education Building
5 12.10 – 12.35 Sahel Al Hiyari Architects H.S. House Private Housing
6 12.35 – 13.00 ŞANALarc Sishane Park Transport
7 13.00 – 13.25 ShamsArd Design Studio Moon House Private Housing
8 13.25 – 13.50 Studio Meem Wonderbox Landscape&Public Spaces
9 15.00 – 15.25 Studio TAMassociati Prayer and Meditation Pavilion Religious Building
10 15.25 – 15.50 Studio Toggle Edges Apartments Mixed Tenure Housing
11 15.50 – 16.15 5+1 AA IULM 6 – Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione Education Building
12 16.15 – 16.40 UNRWA Reconstruction of Nahr el Bared Palestine Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon Mixed Tenure Housing
13 16.40 – 17.05 Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra Architect Social Housing in Vallecas Mixed Tenure Housing
14 17.05 – 17.30 EAA – Emre Arolat Architects Sancaklar Mosque Religious Building
15 17.30 – 17.55 Rudy Ricciotti Agency Pont de la République Transport

This Lebanese Guy Turned Snapchat Stories Into Real Art !

is a fun messaging application for sharing moments. You can take a photo or a video, add a caption or doodle, and send it to a friend or add it to your story to share with some or all of your friends. Friends can view snaps for up to 10 seconds, and then it disappears.

As fun as photo-sharing app Snapchat is to use, finding the right people to follow still a problem.

According to Techinsider (a popular international technology online magazine), Georgio Bassil is one of the best professional Snapchat artists in the world.
Georgio Bassil (or his username: Georgio.Copter) is a 21 year old Lebanese student mastering interior architecture at The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK). This Lebanese Snapchat artist is known for photographing his day to day life and transforming the scenes with colorful monster drawings.
Bassil draw these snaps on his Samsung Galaxy Note 4 using the S-Pen. He says that he started this hobby 2 years ago on his Note 3 device and he added that every drawing takes at least 30 minutes to finish.
– Follow him on Snapchat: Georgio.Copter
– Follow him on Instagram: @Georgio.Copter

Here are some of his Snaps:

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Horsh Beirut partially reopens after 20-year closure

BEIRUT: It has been two weeks since Beirut’s governor reopened the capital’s main public park on Saturday 5 after 20 years of closure, but visits will only be allowed once a week.

For two decades, the park was largely inaccessible to Lebanese over concerns of violence and littering, although Westerners were often allowed in. But after years of campaigning by civil society groups, the public will be able to access the largest green space in the city on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“The most important thing about this is that people will be practicing hobbies and activities that the city had started forgetting,” Mohammed Ayyoub, executive director of NGO Nahnoo, said at the reopening.

Governor Ziad Chebib, who was present at the reopening in the Qasqas area of Beirut, described the move as an “achievement” that was reached with the help of civil society groups that are “well alive with a sense of responsibility.”

In addition to officials, media and activists, several families and Beirut residents descended onto the park, many for the first time in their lives.

During recent years, the main argument made against Horsh Beirut’s reopening was that it could be turned into a space for trouble between people of different sects who live around the park.

The park is located along the line separating Tariq al-Jadideh, a mostly Sunni area, with Beirut’s southern suburbs, which are mostly Shiite.

Souce: The Daily Star

A Sustainable Rise for the World’s Oldest City (Byblos)

ßyblos: One Step Closer to Sustainability. Help the world’s oldest city become a sustainable pioneer

Organisation De Developpement Durable (ODDD) is a local global NGO which was founded in June 2012 and which has been concentrating on spreading the sustainable development concept among local and worldwide communities.

Our vision is to be a platform that promotes and implements sustainable living & development at both local and international levels.

Our mission is to create a transnational community whose aim is to secure economic development, social equity and environmental protection thus leading to a better world.

ODDD is part of the UNESCO GAP on ESD, youth empowerment, and have actively participated in various sustainable summits, namely; earth summit (Rio+20), The Millenium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda,

ODDD facebook page including the different achieved campaigns
Campaign & Magnitude of the contributionThere is momentum throughout the country to make the Lebanese community more walking, commuting by public transport and cycling-friendly, thereby making them more viable. But, the actual state composition, strategies, and priorities won’t be helpful in achieving such objectives on small nor large scale, leaving Byblos, the oldest inhabited city in the world, to face a rapid development without evaluating its exposures to risks on social, economical and environmental levels.
ODDD took this challenge and led the way by showing an example on how to change the people (citizens and tourists) behavior and upgrade the city’s transportation strategies to meet up with sustainable models.After a full year of studies, researches, analysis, questionnaires, measurements and simulations, an international lab inviting 8 different cities, from 5 different continents,  will be held in Byblos, on October 22nd-24th 2015, to share the specialists’ knowledge and help in developing the Byblos sustainable public transportation strategy.  As well, we will be executing examples of the sustainable urban public transportation fixtures designed by the local community

ODDD FB page campaign event

Your contribution will help us in achieving 4 main tasks:

1-  Execute a sustainable bus shelter designed by youth participants through a competition

2-  Trips and accommodations for the Lab guests from : Boston (USA), Curitiba (BRA), Sousse (TUN), Amman (JOR), Nicosia (CYP), Masdar city (UAE), Byblos (LEB)

3-  The first inner Byblos city bus lane activation  for three days during the Lab, to facilitate people and attendees commuting to the workshop

4-  Execute the sustainable designed road & parking signs for Byblos city which is deeply in need of. (like the transformation of the Liban cable wooden wheel into parking and entrances signs)

What we need and what you get:

·  In order to complete our vision, it comes down to raising a sum of 13000$ that will be parted among four projects.

–  Sustainable Bus shelter: ($4000)

Starting with the number one goal, $3500(execution) + $500(printing and communication) will go to executing a sustainable bus shelter prototype designed beforehand in the “Byblos Bus Shelter Design Competition”.

–  Trips & accommodations: ($4500)

$4500 from your generous contributions will help fund the trips and accommodation of the 7 different countries participating in the Byblos International Lab on sustainable transportation…as an addition to $5000 raised earlier through sponsors.

–  First Byblos Bus lane launch ($2500)

Our target number 3 would be $2500 for activating the three days free bus lane, linking the inner Byblos roads, facilitating the journey to and from LAU University where Byblos International Lab will be taking place. This includes the rental and labeling of 4 buses, bus stop signs and maps giveaways.

–  Sustainable Urban fixtures execution ($2000)

$2000 will go to executing the sustainable designed prototypes of Byblos roads and parking signs, which are a need to better perspicuous streetsThe Impact

One of the campaign main goal is simply to upgrade Byblos city inhabitants lifestyle into a sustainable one, which will lead to a worldwide contribution in fighting climate change, thus a development towards the usage of clean, renewable energy, breathing pollution-free air, increasing human been comfort socially, thermally and economically and finally protecting the environment. Second, bringing large experimented developed cities on board with small scale cities from developing countries is a way to exchange knowledge, culture, technology and experience and join forces to make this world a better sustainable one.

Such project, might have a direct impact on the oldest inhabited city in the world, but also, its international dimension make the impact on a worldwide level, thus your contribution will make difference on local, regional and international level.
Risks and Challenges

Each risk is a challenge, so definitely will deal with it to overcome it in a positive way… In our campaign we have 2 main risks.

(1), the failure of the long term (10years) implementation of the Byblos lab sustainable policies outcome…During nowadays, the local municipality is supporting and is part of the project. Following the upcoming elections, a change might occur in the municipality body, which might influence a change in priorities… Therefore, during this year of studies, we included the local citizens, economical powers, educational bodies alongside the youth generation in the decision making, so they become the natural owners and defenders of the work which aims to answer their right to have access to a sustainable public transportation

(2)  Not meeting the full amount we are raising… In such case, we will go into different fundraising options, related to the mobility such as: sell tickets for cycling tours in Beirut and Byblos, organize a 10km race in the city, or make the tour of Lebanon by bicycle, or sustainable garage sales
Other ways you can help:

(1)Do you find yourself motivated towards spreading sustainable awareness and sharing your knowledge?

Contribution doesn’t only mean financially.

Don’t hesitate contributing your ideas and visions! We are always looking for incentive volunteers on local and international levels, as sustainability is a right for all

(2) Does our campaign find you interest?

You can help Byblos’s mission to becoming one of the world’s top sustainable cities by spreading the word and sharing our work with your friends and on social media.

Source: Indiegogo, ODDD FB Page