architecture of exchange

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and the craftsmen.

ARCHITECTURE OF EXCHANGE

Every environment an architect confronts consists of architecture; the existing. Every site is meticulously organized and inhabited. Facing the complexity of this contemporary issue, our role lies in the thoughts of architectural impact by exploring the capabilities of context in producing new relationships.
To survey, observe, and register the existing state – its resources, organisms, humidity, winds, insolation, earth, eventual construct, and its usage – constitute the initial program we set preliminary to any constructive action. Informed by our research into biomimicry, this extremely precise and demanding introspective method leads to reconsider the world differently: like a system of relationships, exchanges, and not like a system of isolated objects and actions. This generates new spatial experiments and living conditions that are more open, light and porous through invention of dynamic play between the interior and exterior; an intricate interdependency. We aim to criticize the defensive approach that forms the relationship between the living and the context. Whether one lives in Paris or Dubai, the brutal tendency towards obstruction and introversion are surprisingly the same. If the future of architecture is directed towards sustainability, undisputable intention, a consensus is still a requisite. We believe that practices claiming to be sustainable only enhance the already abusive trend of a number of enterprises into Greenwashing. However, the sustainable has nothing to do with the appearance, it is an attitude. A curious and activist look directed on the existing. A knowledgeable and happy relationship towards the pleasure of an environment with the potential to be transformed, to produce new reasons to inhabit. - By Adib Dada

ARCHITECTURE + THE ENVIRONMENT

The team aims to have a holistic understanding of the living systems and communities that they are affecting.

ARCHITECTURE + THE ENVIRONMENT

The importance of biomes is that they show how organisms are well adapted to local concerns of climate, nutrition, energy, and water. The adaptation strategies could be used as design solutions.

We believe in sustainability as being a collaborative effort
theOtherDada’s design process is organic, dynamic and interactive.
Informed by our research into BIOMIMICRY, we consider the world differently; like a system of RELATIONSHIPS and EXCHANGES, not like a system of isolated objects and actions.

 
PROJECTS

 

SERVICES
 

Services

 

Concept Design /
Design Development /
Execution Drawings
FOCUS
Site's ecosystem, fauna and flora

Concept Design /
Design Development /
Execution Drawings
FOCUS
Healthy & Sustainable Materials
Indoor Air Quality

Concept Design
FOCUS
Enhancement of biodiversity
Study of ecosystem services

Innovation Habitat
 

Innovation Habitat

Every environment an architect confronts consists of architecture; the existing. Every site is meticulously organized and inhabited. Facing the complexity of this contemporary issue, our role lies in the thoughts of architectural impact by exploring the capabilities of context in producing new relationships.

Glossary
 

Glossary



B
Biodiversity
The term biodiversity [from Biological Diversity] refer to all living organisms from all sources meaning all plants and animal species (flora and fauna) with all their genetic variability, forming communities and interacting with each other and with their physical environment with all its abiotic components like water, air and soil and their associated ecological relationships.

Biome
A complex community characterized by distinctive plant and animal species maintained under the climatic conditions of their region.

Biomimicry
The term biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, for example, a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

BREEAM
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology is a method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings.
E
Ecosystem
A community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.

Environment
The surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.

F
Fauna
All the animal life in a particular region or period.

Flora
All the plant life in a particular region or period.

G
Green Washing
When marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly.

GREY WATER
Wastewater generated from wash hand basins, showers and baths that can be reused with minimal treatment.


L
Living Building Challenge
An international sustainable building certification program created in 2006. It is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment.

O
Organisms
Any contiguous living system, such as a vertebrate, insect, plant or bacterium.

S
Sustainability
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It takes into account three main pillars: Environment, Economy and Equity.
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ADDRESS

Sabbagh Bldg, 5th Flr, 47 Patriarch Howayeck St.
Beirut, Lebanon 11-5305
+961 1 976570 ext 114
contact@theotherdada.com

 



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