DI-LAB AUB (MSFEA) - SHAMS CLIMATE RESPONSIVE LIBRARY UNIT
The design of the Bahr El Eid park revival project is a DI-LAB project. DI-LAB is a course at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Architecture and Design at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA course No. ARCH016). The project was designed in Summer 2016 and the advisers are instructors Karim Najjar, Ahmad Nouraldeen and Balsam Madi. Students that participated in designing this project are: Mohammad Nazar, Faissal Yatim, Tina Najia, Joey Jadam, Natasha Bou Akl, Andrea Comair, Betina Abi Habib.
External consultants Transsolar Stuttgart also participated in the development of the design. The project was possible due to funding from the MSFEA and the provision of land and operation inside Kayany foundation’s school in Majdel Anjar.
The course tackled smart structures for refugee facilities. Due to the sensitive socio-political context of refugee facilities in Lebanon, students researched temporary smart structures that are also climate efficient. The design of the structure and interior was done in a way to enhance student learning.