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MISSION

At tOD, we are architects with a purpose and strategists with a mission. Going beyond traditional architecture, we employ a holistic and biomimetic design approach with NATURE and PEOPLE at its core. It is architecture that is socially and environmentally engaged.

APPROACH

We implement regenerative strategies that improve our environment and serve as catalysts for social change. Our practice strives to create a significant positive impact, ambitiously moving the world from EGO to ECO.

We carefully explore the natural ecosystems of sites in order to devise new, innovative and sustainable living habitats – fueled by the power of biomimicry: emulating nature to devise solutions for human challenges.

we believe that truly sustainable design must not only focus on traditional energy and water conservation, but should be based on a holistic approach that combines the following areas:

health
material
energy
water

Our team works consciously, responsibly and does everything with passion. We don’t follow hierarchy in our organization, and we always collaborate and learn from each other. We strive for innovation and research, and actively look for ways to reduce our footprint on the environment.

FOUNDER

Adib Dada
Lead Architect / Forest Maker

Adib Dada is the founder of theOtherDada [tOD] Regenerative Consultancy & Architecture, which mission is to activate projects across architecture, design, and art by creating unconventional links at the frontier of science. Going beyond traditional architecture, his work employs a holistic and biomimetic design approach with nature and people at its core.

As a fervent supporter of Beirut’s contemporary art scene, Adib served on the Supporting Committee of the Beirut Art Center, and sits on the Board of Tandem Works and Saja Foundation. He has been recognized in Apollo Magazine's 40 Under 40 as a Patron of the Arts in the Middle East.

Adib earned a BAr in Architecture at the American University of Beirut - Lebanon, a Master’s Degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU – USA and completed the Biomimicry graduate certificate from the Biomimicry Institute and Arizona State University.

Based on Biomimicry, theOtherDada’s work promotes a symbiotic relationship between nature and the built environment by exploring new ways of creating generous and regenerative buildings; in essence developing creative solutions that have a positive impact.

Adib was listed as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 for his project Beirut RiverLESS, which he initiated to implement positive urban interventions including the planting of urban native forests alongside Beirut River and in the city at large. Adib is a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership NetworkAdib is firmly committed to the UN Decade of Action, engaged on rewilding the city and reclaiming public space by planting Miyawaki native forests in urban landfills.

 

 

INVITE TO SPEAK

“We have grown together as a firm around a culture of conversation and an appreciation of dialogue. Everyone should feel comfortable to share their ideas, from owner to intern. Relationships are crucial to everything we do. How we work with each other, with clients, builders and artisans, is what defines us

TEAM

Sarah Meouche
Landscape Architect / Project Manager

Sarah is a Landscape Architect and project manager. She obtained her degree from the American University of Beirut. Her passion and understanding of the natural environment drives her to act as nature’s advocate in all projects. Sarah has professional experience in research, art, design, construction and horticulture in the MENA region, Eastern Europe and SouthEast Asia. She works with different climates, floras and scales towards more resilient and healthier cities.  

Kevin Matar
Environmental Architect / Natural Builder

Kevin is an environmental architect and activist. He studied at l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, then did his Master specialization in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia- IAAC in Barcelona. Moreover, he did a research program on waste from construction and mycelium and worked on many environmental campaigns for NGOs, communities and companies.

Sirène Abiad
Landscape Architect / Forest Maker

Sirène is a Landscape Architect and forest maker. She graduated with a BLA from the American University of Beirut. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, studying in Lebanon, and taking part in projects in different countries, she draws her inspiration from the various environments that she experiences. She is an environmental and social activist restoring and promoting the use of public and green spaces in cities.

Yasmina El Helou
Environmental Architect / Creative Thinker

Yasmina is an Environmental Architect and creative thinker. She studied Architecture at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, before travelling to Barcelona to complete her Masters in Advanced Architecture. She later had the chance to develop her thesis at the Autodesk technology center in Boston. Yasmina's work focuses on the environment in architecture and the ability of buildings to react to climate and local challenges.

WORKSHOPS
09.06.2020
Lebanon
Urban Afforestation: Lebanon’s first Miyawaki Forest

As part of Eco-Consulting's new CircularHub, tOD will be delivering a guided visit of the “Urban Afforestation Lebanon’s first Miyawaki Forest”.  The workshop will focus on the process of creating and maintaining a dense native forest using the Japanese Miyawaki Method of afforestation.

18.02.2020
Lebanon
Introduction to Biomimicry

As part of Eco-Consulting's new CircularHub, tOD will be delivering an "Introduction to Biomimicry" workshop under the "Circular Economy & Eco‐Design" track.

15.02.2020
Lebanon
Beirut RiverLESS Forest: Maintenance Session with Scouts

In collaboration with the scouts of Compagnie Franciscaines Badaro, tOD organized a hands-on maintence session with a group of 50 scouts where they learnt and helped maintain a Miyawaki Forest. The maintenance tasks included: compost-tea making, de-weeding, re-stacking support sticks and more. 

15.10.2019
Lebanon
Introduction to Biomimicry

As part of Eco-Consulting's new CircularHub, tOD will be delivering an "Introduction to Biomimicry" workshop under the "Circular Economy & Eco‐Design" track. 

01.10.2019
Lebanon
Urban Afforestation Workshop

As part of Eco-Consulting's new CircularHub, tOD will be delivering an Urban Afforestation workshop in Beirut's first Miyawaki Forest. The workshop is part of the "Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge" track. 

24.05.2019
Lebanon
Beirut River Urban Reforestation Workshop

As part of BeirutRiverLESS initiative, tOD partnered with Afforestt and SUGi, to gather 20+ participants and introduce them to the Japanese Miyawaki technique. Through an engaging hands-on workshop, they managed to plant the first native urban forest in Sin el Fil Lebanon.

02.02.2019
Lebanon
Beirut RiverLESS Community Focus Group

As part of our collaboration with The Chain Effect, we organized a community focus group session for residents of urban areas surrounding the river.

08.12.2018
Lebanon
Beirut RiverLESS Urban Interventions Workshop

In collaboration with The Chain Effect, tOD curated a workshop where participants came up with bottom-up and low cost interventions focusing on mobility and public spaces around the river in Bourj Hammoud.

05.09.2016
Lebanon
tOD at DPU SummerLab 2016

theOtherDada has participated in the DPU summerLab in collaboration with the Development Planning Unit, The Barlett by University College London.

14.06.2016
Lebanon
Beirut RiverLESS Installation at BDW 2016

On the occasion of Beirut Design Week 2016, tOD developed an installation on a vacant plot of land near Beirut River, along with 20 volunteers who managed to plant more than 400 species of plants.   

Sustainability in Interior Design

In collaboration with Dar Al Uloom University in Riyadh, Adib Dada from tOD gave a workshop on sustainability in interior design.

TALKS
24.03.2021
Lebanon / Online
AMWAJ Innovative Campaigns to Restore Our Rivers Webinar

As part of the UN Decade of Action on Ecosystem Restoration, theOtherDada will participate in the Tabadul on river ecosystems and related successful projects in the MENA region.

We will talk about our pilot project Beirut’s RiverLESS forest as a nature-based solution for challenging urban sites.

REGISTER BELOW:

https://amwaj-alliance.com/webinar/innovative-campaigns-to-restore-our-rivers/

Wednesday 24 March at 11:30am Beirut time 

27.02.2021
Australia / Online

Learn about restoring degraded urban ecosystems in Lebanon.

Through the Other Forest Initiative, Adib is firmly committed to the UN Decade of Action; engaged in rewilding the city and empowering communities to reclaim public space by planting native Miyawaki forests in urban landfills.

Adib will go through the environmental challenges and the solutions offered by planting dense native forests in cities around the world, in alignment with the UN SDG goals.

REGISTER BELOW:

http://www.slf.org.au/event/forest/

Saturday 27 February 8am Beirut time

17.12.2020
Lebanon
Energy Strategies Summit 2020

The Energy Strategies Summit 2020 hosted Adib in the Strategies for Sustainability panel as a keynote speaker, offering a different view of energy reduction in the city through urban forests. 

19.09.2020
Germany / Online
Building Responsibly for Climate, Environment, and Inhabitants at DieDAS

Adib gave a talk as part of the DieDAS Design Akademie Saaleck, Germany, in Farming Materials' Ecologies: From Uncomfortable Pasts to Responsible Futures alongside Aloce Rawsthorn, Glenn Adamson and Prof. Ákos Moravánszky.

14.07.2020
Lebanon / Online
tOD chat with Geek Express

Adib chatted with Geek Express on their 11th episode of the Tech Impact series to talk about how technology is enabling architects to develop creative solutions that have a positive impact on the planet.

30.05.2020
Lebanon / Online
Urban Afforestation talk with AMAKEN Placemaking

Adib talked about the benefits and importance of Urban Afforestation with AMAKEN Placemaking, in their initiative to improve urban areas.

20.05.2020
Lebanon / Online
LGBC Green Cities Webinar

GREEN CITIES Webinar by Lebanon Green Building Council: Nature-Based Solutions for the future city. Presented by Adib Dada. Urban Afforestation: a tool for ecological and social regeneration for future cities.

26.09.2019
Lebanon
the RiverLESS Forest: Rewilding Sin El Fil

Talk at Bossanova Hotel preceding the screening of the film Embrace Of The Serpent by Ciro Guerra. Our talk introduces the Native Urban forest we have planted close to the hotel.

PechaKucha Night Cleveland 2019

We presented “Beirut RiverLESS” in Cleveland, Ohio during PechaKucha Night: Waterways, a groundbreaking event bringing presenters from around the world to share diverse perspectives on how communities can re-think their relationship with the world’s most important resource.

01.04.2019
Lebanon
Forestscaping: How to Bring Back Lost Forests in Cities

In collaboration with AUB, theOtherDada hosted Shubhendu Sharma, founder of Afforestt, who delivered a presentation about urban afforestation. 

26.01.2019
Lebanon
Exponential Technology Middle East Conference

Adib Dada and Stephanie Bashir from tOD participated in a panel discussion under the title of "Additive Manufacturing, 3D Modelling and Printing".

19.10.2018
Lebanon
International Conference on Resilience in Post-Conflict Cities 2018

During the conference, organized by ESA Business School, we delivered a talk about Beirut RiverLESS as part of a round table discussion focusing on “Increasing Urban Resilience by Improving Urban Planning“.

28.07.2016
Lebanon
Let’s Talk About the Weather

tOD participated in a panel discussion regarding the WATER element, as part of Sursock Museum’s “Let’s Talk About the Weather”.

16.03.2016
Lebanon
7th Build It Green Conference

tOD took part of the 7th Build It Green Conference organized by EcoConsulting and EcoSolutions, by delivering a biomimicry thinking workshop. 

20.11.2015
Lebanon
Entrepreneur Architect VOL. 2

Adib Dada, founder of tOD, talked about his entrepreneurship journey and how he developed a business model by looking at Nature as Mentor, and using Biomimicy in business development as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.

09.11.2015
Lebanon
Panel Discussion with TandemWorks

tOD took part of the Panel Discussion with TandemWorks for their publication launch entitled Hammoud Badawi, along with Artists Omar Fakhoury, and Marwan Rechmaoui.

Ecocity World Summit Abu Dhabi 2015

Under the theme of “Ecocities in challenging environments”, tOD delivered a presentation focusing on Biomimicry and its application in the built environment.

tOD at SXSW Eco 2015

theOtherDada presented Beirut RiverLess in a fast-paced pitch competition at South by South West (SXSW) Eco’s program entitled Place by Design (PXD) in October.

Saudi Green Building Forum 2013

During the SGBC Conference that was held in Riyadh, tOD presented different residential projects as case studies to show his integrated design process.

EXHIBITIONS
17.12.2020
Lebanon
theOtherForest at Dar Onboz Ya Ahl El Dar Christmas Fair

tOD team participated in the Dar Onboz Ya Ahl El Dar Christmas Fair where they held an exhibition and a talk about Reclaiming Public Space by Planting Native Forests.

26.09.2020
Turkey
theOtherForest at the 5th Istanbul Design Biennale

Our project Beirut RiverLESS was exhibited in the 5th edition of the Istanbul Design Biennale titled Empathy Revisited: Designs for More Than One, in the collection Library of Land and Sea, curated by Mariana Pestana, Billie Muraben and Sumitra Upham.

10.10.2018
Lebanon
tOD at AUB’s B.Arch 50th Anniversary

Being an Alumnus of AUB, Adib Dada presented his projects during AUB’s Bachelor of Architecture 50th anniversary.

26.06.2018
Lebanon
tOD & Letitia Gallery at BDW 2018

We have partnered with Letitia Gallery to design their new exhibition space in Hamra, which in turn hosted “The Shape of a City” exhibition by artist Nathaniel Rackowe.

22.06.2018
Lebanon
Beirut RiverLESS at BDW 2018

theOtherDada took part of the “Forum on Cities & Designers” that was co-created by Public Works Studio and Beirut Design Week, during which we presented a timeline of Beirut River highlighting the important events and updates it has gone through since 50 BC.

22.05.2017
Lebanon
theOtherDada at BDW 2017

tOD took part of BDW 2017’s exhibition where we showed how our sustainable approach is developed for our projects with refugee housing in Ouzai, residential projects in Saudi Arabia, and on larger projects such as Beirut RiverLESS.

19.10.2016
Turkey
tOD at Turkey Design Week 2016

We participated in the Turkey Design Week which took place at the Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Hall, bringing the professions of design, imagination and creativity under one roof.

09.09.2016
China
Inauguration of Shanghai Project

Adib Dada from tOD joined the inauguration of the Shanghai Project throughout roundtable discussions along Otobong Nkanga and other multidisciplinary teams.

09.06.2014
Lebanon
tOD at BDW 2014

During BDW2014, tOD’s team had the chance to showcase their WORK IN PROGRESS, including different architecture and landscape projects, models, and research during the open studio.

TOURS
23.02.2021
Lebanon / Online
theOtherForest at The Nature Of Cities Festival

tOD team participated in The Nature Of Cities Festival in which they led a virtual field trip across the degraded Beirut River, where they planted the first Miyawaki forest in Lebanon in 2019: Beirut’s RiverLESS Forest.

06.02.2019
Lebanon
Beirut River Tour for Kent State University Students

tOD delivered a presentation about Beirut River to a group of graduate Architecture & Urban Design Students from Kent State University at LAU, Beirut.

26.06.2018
Lebanon
CONVIVIUM Home Tours – BDW2018

As part of BDW2018, we organized two tours at our CONVIVIUM Home construction site in Gemmayze, and collaborated with Bokja Design Studio who squatted our LIVING apartment with their unique upcycled furniture.

17.07.2016
Lebanon
Toxic Tour of the Beirut River

A tour of the Beirut River area with architect Adib Dada discussed the transformation of the Beirut River from a natural river to its present condition as a toxic site, and its potential rehabilitated future as a public space.

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