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MISSION

As a regenerative consultancy & architecture practice, we recognize that we too are a part of nature. We work with LIFE to actively restore native ecosystems and design new forms of shared habitat for humans and other organisms to thrive.

APPROACH

As Lebanon's first Certified B Corporation, we believe in leveraging business as a force for good!

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.

theOtherDada has looked into modern approaches to management such as Holacracy and Sociocracy and is currently partnering with other Biomimicry experts to develop its own, locally informed biomimetic business model, fusing together Life Sciences with cutting-edge insights from fields such as finance & organisational development to build a "Multi-organism". 

 

With Life as our guiding principle, money becomes a means to an end again, not the end goal itself. Instead of money, we work towards:

connection with nature
healthy relationships
learning & growth
a world of abundance

We replace hierarchies with self-organized teams and co-ownership where authenticity and wholeness are encouraged instead of toxic work cultures where we have to hide our private selves. We work conciously and with passion, collaborating and learning from each other. 

FOUNDER

Adib Dada
Lead Architect / Forest Maker

Adib Dada is an award-winning environmental activist and architect. In 2010, Adib founded theOtherDada [tOD] Regenerative Consultancy & Architecture practice, with a mission to activate projects across architecture, living systems, and art. Based on Biomimicry thinking, tOD’s work promotes a symbiotic relationship between nature and the built environment by exploring new ways of creating generous and regenerative habitats for humans and other organisms; in essence working with nature to develop resilient and generous cities.


Firmly committed to the UN Decade of Action, Adib is engaged in rewilding the city and reclaiming public space by planting native Miyawaki forests in urban landfills through his new initiative: theOtherForest, a nature-based tool for ecological and social regeneration. Adib has consulted on and built projects around the world, and along with his team has planted over 11 forests across Lebanon, reclaiming more than 3,700 square meters of degraded land by planting them with over 10,500 trees and shrubs of 28 different native species. Adib’s story has been produced into Growing Back Beirut, a short documentary about his environmental advocacy and forestmaking work.

Adib is a regular lecturer on environmental topics with institutions such as Cambridge University, Goethe Institute, The Slow Factory, World Expo Dubai, and SxSW eco. His work has been published in books, most recently in Hannah Lewis’ Mini-Forest Revolution, Naomi Zurcher’s Connecting Trees with People, and his writings are part of several publications. Adib is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, such as the McNulty Foundation Impact Grant, D&AD Development Grant, D&AD Future Impact Award, iF Social Impact Prize and was listed as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 for his project Beirut RiverLESS. He has been profiled in Monocle Magazine, Damn Magazine, The Grist, Vogue Arabia, Vanity Fair France, Society for Ecological Restoration among others.

Adib is a Bio-Leadership Fellow, a community helping transform human systems and the paradigm of leadership by working with nature, as well as a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative, member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


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

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.

 

 

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

Ramona Fricke
SIS - Social Innovation Strategist

Ramona felt called to join theOtherDada after witnesing Adib's talk on "Planting Liberation" for the Slow Factory. She, too, is a Bio-Leadership fellow with a major interest in regenrative Business Development.

She studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) with a focus on the Middle East, particularly Bedouin tribes in Jordan with whom she has lived previously. She has a strong background in system's theory, conducting and leading interdisciplinary research projects as part of her previous work for the Chancen eG and her scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

Ramona holds a Social Innovation Management certificate by the Amani Institute and is currently in-training to become a Women-centered Leader, Coach, and Facilitator. She designs tOD's internal structures / processes and social interventions. Alongside Adib, she steadily develops tOD's business model and impelments consultancy projects for other stakeholders.

She believes that in order to fight climate change, we do need th heal people's disconnect from themselves, each other, and nature itself - rather than just coming up with new technologies.

Ghadi Khoder
Volunteer Manager

With his background in hospitality, Ghadi is the sunshine of the office: As our volunteer manager, he is constantly on the lookout for fun and educational ways to engage the wider community in our public rewilding projects. Whether it’s cleanup days or cycling tours, puppet shows, or planting days with kids: Ghadi manages all related logistics, brings in our amazing partner organizations, and fires up the energy!

Initially, Ghadi only looked to volunteer with us on the ground whilst designing his own organic food business. After a couple of plantings together, he grew together with the team and, bam, next thing we all remember is that he was on for his first-ever “office job”, diving head first into strategy workshops, data & reporting, managing interns and, of course, ensuring the well-being of all our forests!

Within no time, he has made himself indispensable and we all can’t wait what more he’ll take on in the future as his journey as a changemaker has just begun.

Carole Khoder
Project Manager

Carole is a dynamic change-maker, combining deep ecological passion with robust scientific expertise in fields like physics, permaculture, herbalism, and Miyawaki forest making. Her journey, marked by resilience and adaptability from growing up in Lebanon under challenging circumstances, has shaped her into a seasoned professional, embodying wisdom and maturity.

In her pivotal role at theOtherDada, Carole leads educational and community-focused initiatives on environmental education and advocacy. She's known for her innovative approach to learning, blending traditional education with mindfulness and personal development techniques, making complex concepts accessible and engaging.

As a hands-on leader, she adeptly manages theOtherDada's rewilding and landscaping projects, overseeing everything from on-the-ground operations to budgeting, planning, and stakeholder engagement. Her work extends to collaboration with scientific institutions, contributing to research and educational materials in the realm of ecological regeneration.

Carole's tech-savviness and AI enthusiasm make her an advocate for leveraging modern tools to enhance efficiency and impact. She's continuously upskilling, evidenced by her recent engagements in Melanie Rieback's Post-Growth Entrepreneurship Incubator, the Capra Course in System Thinking, Claire Zammit's Female Leadership program, a master's in project management, and nRhythm's Regenerative Design training.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Carole is deeply rooted in her community and heritage. She's a beacon of support for her friends and family, always finding time for her land, home redesign projects, crafting, nature, and dance, showcasing her multifaceted personality and passion for life.

Carole's unique blend of technical expertise, personal resilience, and community spirit make her an exceptional candidate for roles that seek to drive meaningful change in the world.

WORKSHOPS
27.04.2024
Dubai, UAE

LOCATION: Jameel Arts Cente, Dubai UAE

DATE + TIME: Saturday 27th April, 3.30-5.30 pm

Join us for a dynamic workshop hosted jointly by theOtherDada and the Bio-Leadership Project, where facilitators Adib Dada and Andres Roberts will explore how to work with nature to support a community’s capacities for resilience, systemic intelligence, adaptability, connection and regeneration across creative platforms, projects and organisations.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

 

TARABOT: Help Build a Living Pavilion Planting Workshops

Join a drop-in planting workshop to help us build a life-hosting pavilion at Jameel Art Center. Come and learn more about the materials and ideas behind Tarabot: Weaving a Living Forum. We will plant native vegetation, as well as fruits and vegetables, for the community space that opens November 30th, in time for Cop 28. 

"A call to all green thumbs! Join and connect with friends at the Jaddaf Community Garden in planting a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Explore the Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park and join info sessions to hear more about the Community Garden's programme for the season."

05.03.2023
Miami Beach USA
Climate Resilient Cities

theOtherWay: How can designers create conditions conducive to life, buildinginterspecies habitats for humans and other creatures to thrive?

 

In this informal roundtable-format presentation, Adib will share the different components  underpinning his work, and how his personal passions, architectural projects, biomimicry training and hands-on forest-making work are interdependent. He will cover his approachfrom understanding current urban challenges as opportunities to turn cities into sharedspaces for humans and other organisms to thrive.

04.06.2022
Lebanon

Phase 1 of Beirut's RIVERLESS Forest turned 3 and is now fully self-sufficient!

 

Beirut's RIVERLESS Forest stands as a symbol of hope and resilience as well as a memorial of what was once Beirut's beautiful river. The part already planted will be opened as a public park in only about 2 years time. Another 10.000 sqm are stil waiting for funding and planting.

After a whole revolution and a pandemic, lots of sweat and care, as well as over 66,320$ of generous funding, the first parts of Beirut's RiverLESS Forest are now fully self-sufficient: They need neither maintenance nor watering. We celebrated this milestone with plentiful activities - have a look at how it went in our report!

 

27.08.2021
Lebanon

AEC: Art, Ecology and the Commons is an interdisciplinary program bringing artistic and ecological practices together in the aim of building a community on a 2,000-square-meter forest site along the Beirut River, in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon.

Planted by theOtherDada in 2019 as part of an urban afforestation initiative, Beirut's RiverLESS Forest serves as host and muse.

These are unprecedented times.
We are all fragilized by economic, psychological and social collapses; summoned to continuously question our priorities. However, TAP and theOtherDada are no strangers to these challenges: it is because and in spite of this context of crisis that Art, Ecology and the Commons is more relevant than ever.
Can togetherness be harnessed as a practice? Can we use it to address the glaring needs of our communities, and in so doing, discuss and design alternate possibilities for our future going forward?

This project will bring six participants together for ten days of experimental learning and exchange from and on a young forest site in Sin el Fil, punctuated by a series of commissions, public and outreach activities we have been stitching with individuals, collectives and institutions who share our values and positioning vis a vis our communities durduringting these times of distress. Our program seeks to harness this young forest’s interdependence and resilience to inspire and bring a community together under circumstances of undeniable agony in a gesture of persistence.

In collaboration with theOtherDada, this program is supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), the French  InstituteSUGi, the Municipality of Sin El Fil, Advanced Car Rental and Bossa Nova Hotel.

CLICK BELOW FOR THE PROGRAM:

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
25.04.2024
Dubai, UAE

LOCATION: Jameel Arts Cente, Dubai UAE

DATE + TIME: Thursday 25th April, 6-8pm

Join us for a discussion with Bio-Leadership co-founder Andres Roberts and theOtherDada founder Adib Dada as we explore nature-led leadership and the ways in which we can redesign business in a regenerative way. You’ll also hear from several Bio-Leadership Fellows, and together we will explore how we might jumpstart a movement of life-centred projects and businesses.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

05.12.2023
Online

Adib Dada will be speaking at this NASA and Globe Program-sponsored webinar, as a part of the Trees Around the World Student Research Campaign. 

"Join this special webinar as we hear from colleagues around the world about their experiences with Miyawaki Forests and planting trees. From the planting of over 200,000 trees and over 100 forests in India to restoring forests in countries such as Belgium, reversing the deterioration of the Beirut River by planting native trees, to how creating forests, with students in the United States, has helped students understand the importance of trees and forests to our ever-changing planet. We will also hear from author Hannah Lewis and about the Miyawaki forests."

The Dubai Future Forum is an "international platform for futurists and thought leaders, from diverse sectors, to discuss insights and experiences, inspire and challenge one another, and build a long-lasting community by engaging on tomorrow’s most pressing issues."

Adib will be speaking in a panel titled Reloading the Map: What will Nature and Tech Ultimately do for City Planning? 

Panelists will discuss the importance of regenerative and tech-conscious design, current and emerging best practice, and the pathway towards a future where humans and nature can thrive in harmony with each other.

"Join Adib Dada and the Art Jameel team to hear how architecture can be a force for positive change in the world. Adib Dada will introduce the concept and design behind Tarabot: Weaving a Living Forum a living pavilion showcasing the UAE's biodiversity and designed with sustainable materials innovated and produced in the UAE."

08.03.2023
Miami Beach USA

Aspen Ideas: Climate is a solutions-focused event designed for the public to interact, learn, and collaborate with engaged thinkers and doers whose ideas and actions are critical to address our collective future around the realities of a changing climate.

Adib will be joining this panel:

Scaling Up Nature-based Climate Infrastructure

“Gray infrastructure”—large projects engineered to prevent climate disasters—aren’t holding up to the extremes of the changing climate. Nature-based solutions represent a different and effective approach, but scaling them up requires some innovative thinking.

04.03.2022
USA / Lebanon / Online
Living Systems: Planting Liberation / The Slow Factory

How can designers create conditions conducive to life, building interspecies habitats for humans and other creatures to thrive?

 

 

24.02.2022
Online
ECOCITY World Summit 2022 Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry

Ecocity 2022’s scientific programme will feature a wide range of sessions, workshops, and other learning opportunities in an innovative virtual format, showcasing the latest research and developments in urban design and city transformation practices. You will have the chance to hear the world-leading experts in the field and discuss the latest trends.

 Forests connect across territorial borders, watersheds, and ecosystems, and are not defined by cultural and political boundaries. Within 3 months, the forest transforms into a transition space between urban and natural ecosystems. Through theOtherForest’s afforestation projects, we are addressing the negative impacts of urbanization and lack of green public spaces in the cities of Lebanon.

 

23.02.2022
UK / Online
Building Interspecies Habitat at University of Cambridge

The Martin Centre Lectures - 52nd Series 

Living/Building

The building of architecture is often seen as a tectonic, material process - inanimate matter collected together to form fixed space. While 'life' might be seen as the contents of architecture, existing in and around it, the architecture itself can also be seen as 'alive'. Buildings breathe, consume, grow, shrink, decay, age, mature and undergo many other processes we associate with life.

Our goal for this seminar series is to draw together diverse voices from aesthetics, archaeology, heritage, material science, performance architecture and other disciplines to explore these ideas within our contemporary context of the climate emergency and the many other challenges we currently face as a society.

29.01.2022
UAE / Dubai
theOtherForest: Practices Of Care & Commoning at EXPO 2020 Dubai

Commissioned from Alserkal by Expo2020

This conversation between thinkers and practitioners across different geopolitical realities will revolve around the concept of interdependence and how it can play an active part in rethinking the constitutive role of institutions, architecture, art or public health infrastructures. Concrete examples will be discussed about how can one nurture practices of care, what an ecology of a caring practice means, when and on what terms can it be understood as a sustainable practice. Many sources and tools for thinking and working with the concept of interdependence reside in situated knowledges drawn from millennium old healing, ecological, divination and other communal practices. The speakers will explore in what ways could these gestures be part of a larger movement that rethinks our systems of production, distribution and mutual solidarity especially in the domain of contemporary art.

Participants: Nada Raza, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Adib Dada, Paky Vlassopoulou and Léuli Eshrāghi

22.01.2022
UK / Southampton Arts Center
Soil Regeneration at DRAWDOWN Festival / Southampton Arts Center

Join Carbon CREW Project, Drawdown East End, Damon Gameau, and Southampton Arts Center for an array of virtual talks, workshops, and films on ways that we can participate in “regenerating” our earth and reversing climate devastation. 

Environmental journalist Alexandra Talty will moderate presentations from around the world on vanguard soil sequestration techniques. From a carbon buyback program in Sri Lanka to an urban reforestation business in the Middle East, these experts will share their unique business models as well as potential tips for home gardeners also wishing to drawdown carbon and in turn revitalize their soils. Speakers include Keith Berns, Freddie Catlow, Jason Hansna-Cofield, Adib Dada, and Tanja Hester.

 Watch it by copying the link below, from 17:55 until 42:05:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Lr1YF22yU

 

14.10.2021
USA / Lebanon / Online

Join our Outline series with architect and founder of theOtherDada Adib Dada to discuss his latest project, Beirut RiverLESS Urban Forest. Beirut RiverLESS offers a set of replicable interventions to rehabilitate lost ecosystems and improve the living conditions and quality of life of people in the city who live along the river and to restore the area’s biodiversity.

12.10.2021
Saudi Arabia / Online

Arab Architecture Week is a regional initiative organized by ArchiNet that aims to highlight some of the most distinguished architects in the Arab World by showcasing their outstanding achievements, award winning projects, and significant studies and research in the architectural fields from around the Arab countries. In the context of our vision and the spirit of cooperation, the goal of the program is to encourage highly creative people to share their experiences and knowledge gained from their projects and studies that will be presented throughout the program. In addition to creating a channel of communication between Arab architects in the region.
The program extends over a period of seven days, during which 51 lectures are presented by an outstanding group of architects from different Arab countries. Participants in this event varied between individuals, institutions and organizations, in addition to official bodies practicing their work in the architectural fields in the Arab countries.

CLICK BELOW FOR THE FULL PROGRAM

04.09.2021
Lebanon / Beirut's RiverLESS Forest

Moderated by Adib Dada, the talk follows the screening of "Jezzine//Water" and "The Land - Al Marj". It will be a conversation with directors Zeina Aboul Hosn and Mohamed Moe Sabbah, along with Bisri activists Amani Beaini and Rolland Nassour. 

Date & Time: Sunday September 4, starting at 9pm

Location: Beirut's RiverLESS Forest

28.08.2021
Lebanon / Online

RECORDED SESSION IS NOW ONLINE - click on the image above!

On August 28 at 10AM EST you are invited to join us to @theslowfactory Beirut Symposium “Calling Home” with:

  • Charles El-Hayek @heritage_and_roots — Historian and Slow Factory research fellow documenting our (lost) Indigeneity through historical research of land, fashion and language
  • Sara Al-Yafi @sarayafi — Public policy consultant and overall incredible political analyst and writer will join us to give us an understanding of the political landscape, the upcoming elections and the role of the diaspora in rebuilding Lebanon
  • Adib Dada @theotherdada Adib’s work is centered on rewilding Lebanese cities. Beirut’s RiverLESS forest is an answer to both pollution and green colonialism

The ritual of “Calling Home” is deeply part of our lived experience as Lebanese war refugees and expats: the idea of calling your homeland and expecting a crisis, a disaster, but whatever it may be nobody expected the shock of August 4’s explosion—and for over a year now we have been trying to understand it, heal it as it opened up all the other wounds we tried to heal for our lifetime, the intergenerational wounds of our parents’ lifetime, their stolen childhood by war and military occupation, and their parents’ survival under colonial occupation.

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

On Dec 7th, we're launching the only publicly accessible LIVING pavilion associated with COP28, at Jameel Arts Center in Dubai. Designed by theOtherDada, Tarabot: Weaving a Living Forum creates an “interspecies habitat” hosting not only human events but native species as well - thereby elevating architecture as a restorative tool.

Join us for a breakfast reception to inaugurate this shared space in the center of the city, a place for all life forms to thrive. 

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.

23.06.2018
China
Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis

Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis is an exhibition addressing urgent issues around a changing climate, future ecological disaster, and what this means for our present moment. The challenge was to turn a very elongated volume with irregular openings, located on the rooftop of three residential buildings in Guangzhou into
a dynamic exhibition space, while working closely with multidisciplinary local and international artists.

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
27.10.2022
Lebanon

Did you know that we're less than 2 week ahead of this years UN Climate Change Conference, #cop27 ? And did you know that there's a hiking challenge leading to it all the way from Scotland to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where the conference takes place?

This challenge is called #Walk2Cop27 ! It comprises a series of virtual and in-person events and brings together governments, private as well as citizen initiatives! And guess what, it passes through Lebanon on *Thursday, Oct 27th*!

We're one out of several initiatives that will offer activities during this day.
In the spirit of "walking the talk", we would love to see you at our #beirutriverless project in #sinelfil this Thursday afternoon for our *walking tours*, one starting 4pm and another one at 5:30.

We will also be offering a really cool *bee hotel crafting workshop* with our well-known bamboo sticks we usually use for planting - 4:30-5:30pm!


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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