Byblos – DiverCity

9th edition
230 design students
40 different countries
15 projects
Byblos, Lebanon
27July till 11 August 2018


What is MEDS workshop

MEDS workshop “Meetings of Design Students” is an international workshop that takes part each summer in a different country, focusing on various issues, themes, topics and settings that will help any designer expand their expertise. It is a chance to get in touch with diverse approaches to design, different building techniques, traditions and skills. MEDS workshop is both practical and educational because it focuses not only on creative theoretical designs, but actually compels participants to execute these designs during the 2-week span of the workshop. You can apply to MEDS as a tutor or as a participant.

A 21st century approach in a historical urban tissue

Byblos, the city of a thousand faces, holds within its fortifications, not only a great deal of history but also a great deal of diversity in all its aspects.

The urban entity translates the true definition of variety, combining within the same space, different types of people -from more than one social, cultural or economic group- each having ideas and opinions of their own, all in a very embracing atmosphere, celebrating the multidimensional aspects of a community. Therefore this natural social interaction is a manifestation of the concept of DIVERCITY -with a C- which simply joins cities and their raison-d’être.

Particularly found in public spaces, the concept chosen for Meds 2018, in Byblos – Jbeil, will try to help the global and local community find solutions for their common problematic. In fact, everyone is going to merge their know-how to find how to create urban public spaces in this ancient city. They will also lay the criteria of a 21st century approach in a historical urban tissue. With minimal resources, low-cost solutions, lots of experimentation and interdisciplinary approaches, the oriented projects will have a direct impact on the city, through a number of various projects.

BYBLOS – One of the World’s most Ancient Inhabited Cities

Byblos is one of the most ancient cities in the world. It is considered touristic because of its significant landmarks. The role of MEDS workshop this year is to enhance Byblos’s public spaces and make them more appropriate for everyday use.
The accommodation is located in Amchit, an area 2 minutes away from Byblos by car.

A tutor at MEDS

Tutors are the backbone of MEDS Workshops, they are at the origins of all visionary creations executed at MEDS. 1 or 2 Tutors can apply with a project inspired from the theme of the workshop. They can select from our list of sites & categories, or propose a free entry. Their project must be realistic, creative, and above all executable in 2 weeks. On the first day of the workshop, tutors recruit 5 to 15 participants, to form a team that will help them develop and execute these projects. In the end, this project will be transported on site to be permanently exhibited.

Because we value your ideas as a tutor, and for the first time in MEDS you will get the chance to participate in the workshop WITHOUT ANY REGISTRATION FEES.

The selected projects will be announced on February 10

The competition this year is tough, so download our tutor pack and give us your best ideas.

The Tutor Pack

The Tutor Guide-Book: explains everything you need to know about being a tutor

The Theme Document: gives an overview on the city, its inhabitants, and a deepened study on the theme DiverCity. It is an indispensable source of inspiration.

The Tutor Call: The full list of intervention sites and categories of application in addition to the design and selection criteria.

The Application Pack: contains all the documents you need to fill and present for you to apply.

A participant at MEDS

Participants are also a very important part of the MEDS workshop. They come from different design fields, and from different countries. What links them together is their passion for creation and their love for learning. Participants get to select which project they want to help execute and develop. During the 2 weeks workshop, each team along with his tutor has to build the design, document the work, and create an exhibition panel to be displayed in the central forum

Registration Fees: 250 US $ to be paid after receiving the acceptance email
Participant Call: January 21, 2018 – February 28, 2018

List of documents in the participant pack

The Participant Guide Book: explains everything you need to know about being a participant and the MEDS experience in general

The Theme Document: gives you a local point of view on the city and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. It also provides a deepened scientific study on the theme DiverCity.

The Selected Projects: The full list of intervention sites and categories of application in addition to the design and selection criteria (to be uploaded on February 10, 2018)

The Participant Application Pack: Fill in the google form and upload a picture of you.
Present a small project you prepared to answer the question: How would you envision “diversity” (photography, small video, graphical production, model, text, or any free entry of your choice”. this entry is an important factor that will help the management team to determine if you are fit for Byblos ‘18

MEDS Beach Resort

Camping Amchit is located in Amchit seaside area, a 2-minute drive from Byblos.

The site is offering small bangalos for tutors, and the organizing team is preparing tents enough to accommodate all the participants.

There will be a small market in the accommodation space, where you can buy drinks, snacks or whatever daily stuff you might need.

The chill-area and food court are next to each other, offering a relaxing space for a time out.

Breakfast and dinner will be served either from sponsored neighboring restaurants, or homemade dishes from our local cooks.


Everyday activities are organized to whoever is interested.
The traditional national night will offer its exotic variety ranging of food, music and entertainment.

Party like a local during the Lebanese night where you will get the chance to be a true Lebanese for the day.
A day off will offer a trip to one of Lebanon’s most important touristic sites.