Outdoor Installations during Beirut Design Week 2018

Beirut Design Week 2018
Photos by Taim Karesly © Beirut Design Week

In an effort to decentralize Beirut Design Week, Doreen Toutikian and Ghassan Salameh launched a series of public interventions and installations in key locations around Beirut.

The installations took place in the prominent Jeanne D’Arc street in the heart of Beirut,which included a wide range of functions that varied from shading solutions for parking lots to benches and all the ways to ashtrays.

Urban Hives

By Natalie Harb

Natalie Harb is a multi-disciplinary scenographer. She introduced a modular system that is built from the construction scaffolding tubes and topped with a green roof. The system can cover a single car and can expand to cover an entire parking lot.

Harb planted the roofs of the Urban Hives as an effort to combat urbanization as more plots are converted into barren parking lots. The roofs follow the concepts of urban allotments and are planted with useful and aromatic plants.


Architects for Change

The outdoor wavy chair is constructed out of paper tubes that were gathered from printing labs and universities over a short period of 3 months. The chair acts as a statement to reduce paper waste.

Each tube once held 50 length meters of paper, therefore, there were 3.6 tons of wasted paper used to showcase works which have had no permanence, which could’ve easily been avoided.

The designers stated that ”The paper wave is a wake-up call to re-think and re-evaluate our pointless consumption of paper in this digital age. The statistics on this problem are alarming, however, no one is sounding any alarm bells.”

Butt Bollard

Urban Cigarette-Waste Receptacle

By Adrian Muller

Muller designed subtle bollards with ashtrays that were installed around the AUB campus to minimize littering from cigarette butts. The project is in partnership with Recycle Lebanon and the collected butts will be recycled into paddleboards that will, in turn, be used for beach cleanups.

The urban ashtrays are installed around the campus perimeter as part of the Tobacco-Free Initiative, making AUB officially the largest non-smoking zone in the country by the start of 2018.

From the designer:

The design of the Butt Bollard is the first to reduce a traditionally 5-step process (unlocking, removing, emptying, replacing, and re-locking) to a single intuitive gesture free of all physical contact with waste and the container.

With a maneuver as familiar as turning a door-handle, the receptacle is emptied out into a bucket for collection and recycling.

Images courtesy of Beirut Design Week

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