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 – March 20, 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

Selected Projects

Tutor(s): Francielly Kaucz (Brazil) – Marta Badurina (Croatia)

Project Description: Inner Diva is all about finding and unleashing true talent and creativity in every individual. It is a multidisciplinary project that combines design methodology with dancing in order to stimulate creative expression in the field of textile design. Express your design personality through different textile techniques and find your Inner Diva with us! Design from scratch and become a true creator. The project will result in different textile products in field of fashion and product design – whichever describes your design personality the best.

*Beyonce performance included.

Tutor(s): Martin Shopski (Bulgaria)

Project Description: Conceptually the Alphabet Pavilion is a combination of a free open space public library and a small exhibition center, dedicated to the evolution of alphabets around the world, their diversity but also similarities. The space is surrounded by two “rings” – an inner central “column” and an outer “circle” with a 4.5m diameter, both executed in timber as lattice hyperboloids. An artistic mosaic using residual materials is to be designed and applied on top of the inner foundation pad. The so-formed area is covered with a light net to confine the whole volume.

Tutor(s): Henri Asmar (Lebanon)

Project Description: The Byblos syllabary is an ancient script discovered in the coastal city of Byblos, Lebanon, in the early 20th century. The un-deciphered writing system is thought to be composed of a 100 signs. The script exists in time at an intermediate stage between the pseudo-hieroglyphs and the later Phoenician alphabet. “The Forgotten Script” project recreates 100 signs using steel wires. They float within a cube, like a cloud. Once hidden, buried and forgotten, the mystery of these symbols become vulnerable, naked, exposed to modern day curiosity.

Tutor(s): Jennifer Beitel (Germany) – Felix Wernli (Switzerland)

Project Description: Our project “running loops” is to encourage human interaction for the MEDS community as well as everyone in the future at the camping site. We observe the communal living in Byblos and supplement the camp site with smaller furniture and objects for interaction. It is what will create a great MEDS workshop environment that motivates tutors as well as participants. As we want to reflect our skills and the group work during MEDS Byblos our focus is on our work progress and its life circle. This will include planning, building and documentation of our future project ideas. Together we are running loops!

Tutor(s): Anastasia Florou (Greece) – Matrona Milosi (Greece)

Project Description: In an environment where people from every possible background interact we will produce a space where people can share stories, experience and be part of the diversity, a human library. A wooden pavilion, aiming to encourage passengers to take some rest and be part of a human history exposition themselves by leaving an object, a photo, a sketch or a text on its surfaces. Different types of enclosure, light and materials will provide a variety of atmospheres interacting within a small space where one can find his/her special “spot”. Together we will take the final decisions of the design in situ and bring our pavilion to life.

Tutor(s): Emese Bako (Romania) – Eugenio Chironna (Italy) – Alexandre Marguerie (France)

Project Description: We propose a conceptual yet functional installation which aims to unify the people of the city at an attraction which is inviting the beachgoers from both ends to get together on one common ‘island’. The object of attraction is a shared safe space, equally accessible for everyone. The ‘island’ takes the shape of a pure geometric form, a cube which will be surrounded with an installation of water resistant material playing with parametric lengths to enhance the visual aesthetics. The minimalist exterior will hide a complex interior space which will reveal a patio with direct access to the water, from where people will be able to enjoy the wind and shadow plays on the perspective of the vertical installations.

Tutor(s): Conor de Búrca (Ireland)

Project Description: Autoprogettazione + Geodesic Dome =AutoDome. A 3V geodesic structure pavilion, the MEDS ByblosCentral Exhibition Space amp; Forum will be a workspace accessible to all.A place to engage with community, to learn and to congregate at the North Western entrance point to the city. Entering along The Roman Decumanus this amphitheater Like area within site #04 is to be filled with a sea of Sedia Uno’s. An ode to Enzo Mari and Buckminster Fuller. This workshop is a chance to learn about two modern greats, all the while a careful curation keeping within the colorful DIVERCity graphic design ethos.

Tutor(s): Kieran Donnellan (Ireland)

Project Description: Hillslide Chapel is a non-denominational space for contemplation. Made predominantly from wood, the exterior is charred black, as if the energy of it’s apparent slide down the rugged Lebanese hillside has made it catch fire.

Tutor(s): Jason Ladrigan (Ireland) – Sean Conlan Smith (Ireland)

Project Description: Praxis; the process of learning through action. This project seeks to focus on the collaborative process of architecture and to celebrate the communal event of making. PRAXIS proposes to reanimate the neglected coastal site through a delicate re-decoration of the pre-existing concrete form. Through a process of testing and making we will explore the aesthetic qualities of concrete, creating a variety of handmade components which will be used as an infill and cladding. This project hopes to be minimal in its physical impact, functional in its implementation, and aesthetically beautiful in how it celebrates the sense of place.

Tutor(s): Lorenza Manfredi (Italy) – Greta Colombo (Italy)

Project Description: During this workshop we will realize a project for Byblos starting from the deep and creative understanding of the specific site and its context. Using methods from landscape explorations, architecture and art, we will analyze the area by walking, mapping, performing and collecting information and impressions. We will conceive a project that set the bridge and the old railway in their natural and historical/cultural network system, through the creation and the enhancement of thematic itineraries, building a system of signals and creating different landscape experiences. In this way we will be able to invent new possibilities for activities and public space.

Tutor(s): Perla Mansour (Lebanon) – Cecile Karam (Lebanon) – Elyesh Sahyoun (Lebanon)

Project Description: It’s a city artistic, playable green installation. ODDD tutors with 9 participants will design and execute a public space patch tackling sustainability through permaculture while triggering; fun, experimental and educational interaction with the city inhabitant and visitors. This workshop is a response to the worldwide concrete forests growth due to a continuous magnified urban population. Being the eldest inhabitant city in the world, Byblos represents a challenging opportunity to reintroduce acceptance, mutual respect, cultural and natural embrace via a sensitive and modular urban fixture.

Tutor(s): Marijana Kovachki (Macedonia) – Christina Mijalcheva (Macedonia)

Project Description: The COEXIST project is reanimating the site as coexistence of diversities both old and contemporary and of locals and newcomers through glorifying their creative differences. Coexisting in one place, the pieces of art made by hands of people from different nationalities will channel the message of acceptance, multinational collaboration and willingness to work together towards a better, more open city. Symbolically, by painting the passageway, we will be purifying and reviving the new contemporary axis of the city as a new gathering space, an exhibition space, a new home of the public life of the city.

Tutor(s): Edyta Skiba (Poland) – Karolina Turos-Wolny (Poland)

Project Description: To Have or To Be? Asked once Erich Fromm. Closed Form or Open Form? Paraphrased Oskar Hansen. Closed Form understood as magisterial and non-transformable or Open Form – democratic, transformable and stir to action? Imagine the World through Hansen’s eyes. To perceive surrounding as a set of relations between background and occurrences. As a first step, we propose a simple wooden structure, which can be used while accessing the beach. During work days we will identify and design other possible locations of occurrences as well. The connections will be made not only within specified spots but also between them. Their creation depends on you!

Tutor(s): Maja Jandrić (Croatia) – Alastair Brook (England)

Project Description: This workshop will explore the design process through the cultural paradigm of food! To do this, we will tackle a relatable environmental and design problem- food waste. Creating an eco-cooking unit to collect, store, and process food waste into edible recipes and nutritious compost, we aim to produce a sustainable food system. An accompanying ‘design recipe book’ will document the design process through the eyes of the chef- showing how the creative process can mix ‘ingredients’ to serve a solution for everyone! We will delve into the stories of Byblos; its people, its food, its problems, and its opportunities.

Tutor(s): Ali Alperen Sahin (Turkey) – Fahri Volkan Karaatlı (Turkey)

Project Description: ROTOSCOPE is an animation technique in which animators trace the movement from a video footage. After shooting a video participants will works on rotoscoping the video with interventions and a personal style of drawings. The team will use the video as reference to create moving patterns, and the produced video will be reflected back on the scene constructed on site. After creating a simple storyboard, participants will draw around 10-15 seconds of basic animated material in a common timeline. The scene can be the elements in the selected area as well as added or painted objects like a UV painted bench and black tulle to project on. The final product will be a real scene and digital visuals and patterns interacting with this real scene moving along with it. All this will revolve around the theme “Movement in Byblos”

Tutor(s): Klejni Feimi (Albania) – Paola Dalipi (Albania)

Project Description: The Cube is an illustration of a neuron, representation of the basic existence of our psychological and intellectual inner mechanisms. We aim to create a space where people are gathered, get in touch and therefore ideas can be exchanged. The project intent is to provide an architecture that triggers various uses and accommodates multiple activities as a multipurpose pavilion suitable for the community and the square. Situated in an open public space, in the volume of a cube, a room that is not a room. The volume consists of a pure and humble form which does not defy the nearby objects.


Project Description: The purpose of this initiative is to publish daily reports, collect information and pictures throughout MEDS 2018. THE WATCHMEN team will help create a bridge between the participants and the MEDS international platform. They will also be responsible of highlighting the progress of the workshop to the local community. Their methods of communications can be as diverse as the theme of the workshop. Their outcome will be a collection of all the gathered data in a professional publication, in addition to providing photos for the central exhibition “the forum”.

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.



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