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

This Workshop Was executed in August 2018 During the ninth edition of the international design workshop MEDS. The workshop took place Under the theme of DiverCity, with the aim of inspiring a better use of public spaces in Lebanon. Thanks to Local NGO, Urban Network, the city of Byblos won the hosting the 9th edition of MEDS, with 250 participants from 35 different countries executing 16 different projects all around Byblos

Inner Diva

Inner Diva is a textile design project that combined design methodology with dancing to stimulate creative expression. Through the project, participants learned primarily about design process from a scratch to a final product. End products are personal interpretations of Byblos created with different textile techniques. Materials used are various textiles and scraps of old clothes that were donated to the project. Project also received donation of 6000 black straws from a club The Grand Factory that banned usage of straws. The straws were cut in tiny pieces and used in most of the products for details and played a big role in concept development.

Tutors: Francielly Kaucz (Brazil), Marta Badurina (Croatia)

Team: Katarina Krebsova (Czech Republic), Mina Jakovljević (Serbia), Guillermo Rafales Sancho (Spain), Ece Duran (Turkey), Ivana Koretić (Croatia), Diellza Zogaj (Kosovo)

Alphabet Pavilion

The structure is designed to convey the importance of the role the Phoenicians played in human history in terms of allowing text to be written easily, thus knowledge to be expanded.
Figuratively the Phoenician alphabet (represented by the inner structure) spread around the globe (the outer structure) and evolved. By walking around the pavilion, you see the beauty and diversity of different letters from Phoenician, Greek, Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic, Glagolitic, Armenian, Georgian, Devanagari, Brahmic, Hangul, Braille. The enclosed structure is there, however, to remind us that these examples all come from the same source and belong to the same world.

Tutor: Martin Shopski (Bulgaria)

Team: Clara Viñuales (Spain), Dmitriy Ilin (Russia), Elena Comeras (Spain), Mar Fernández (Spain), Olga Stefanova (Bulgaria), Sophie Hobbs (UK), Vanessa Chamlian (Lebanon), Vivek Bassi (India)

The Forgotten Script

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: Henri Asmar (Lebanon)

Team: Stepan Pozhidaev (Bellarus), Nathan De Feyter (Belgium), Martina Kavrakova (Bulgaria), Neva Marija Zidić (Croatia), Vanesa Orana (Kosovo), Agnieszka Ejsymont (Poland), Kamila Haja (Poland), Vanessa Chamlian (Lebanon), Alex Curtis (Ireland), Lama Marakshi (Lebanon)

Running Loops

The workshop “running loops” has created a series of urban interventions at Amchit Boulevard which consists of two parts:
1) design and construction and
2) communication and visualization of it. Ten volunteer students from around the world have developed interactive constructions according to the wishes and needs of you spending time at Amchit Boulevard. The logo as well as the signage communicate these ideas visually. Apart from local pine wood, surrounding waste materials such as tires and ropes were reused and upcycled. Enjoy the challenging and relaxing moments of these interventions and don’t forget to keep on running! 

Tutors: Jennifer Beitel (Germany) – Felix Wernli (Switzerland)

Team: Ana Čajić (Croatia) , Nadia Corsetti (Canada), Victorine Lefebvre (France), Dimitri Leimgrübler (Switzerland) , Lizaveta Rebkavets (Belarus), Georgia Ryan (Ireland), Farid Taher (Germany), Oliwia Tatara (Poland), Florian Van De Voorde (Belgium)


In Byblos, the city of a thousand faces, H/I/Stories team created a space where people can share stories, experience and be part of the diversity, a human library. Our project is based on the fact that you can find history in the smallest things: an object, an experience, a phrase or even a piece of fabric. Photos and messages in various languages are hanging from the ropes inside the pavilion as a testimony of a moment of unity between passers-by. You are welcome to go inside and leave your own trace, a sign of our coexistence!

Tutors: Anastasia Kassiani Florou(Greece), Matrona Milosi (Greece)

Team: Anja Krummenacher (Switzerland), Hana Sloukova (Czech Republic) , Kate Tierney (Ireland), Mariam Elshabrawy (Egypt), Mark Breidy (Lebanon), Mohamed Abdelabry (Egypt), Nadia Ayoub (Germany), Steven Alejandro Whitehouse (England)


Lebanon is currently facing the issue of the over privatisation of land, which has resulted in a lack of public space. This intervention seeks to address this need by situating itself in the neutral territory of the Mediterranean. The pavilion is meant to be a recreational amenity that is accessible to everyone. Cubetto’s frame is constructed from renewable and recycled materials to inspire local architecture that is both socially and environmentally sustainable. Within this frame is a parabolic form that is constructed from hung strips of fabric. The transparent quality of the fabric creates a complex layering of space, while its lightness allows Cubetto to become animated by surrounding winds and attract interest of passers-by. 

Tutors: Eugenio Chironna (Italy), Alex Marguerie (France)

Team: Andrew Byrne (Ireland), Eduardo Crespo (Spain), Zineddine Djouama (Algeria), Karen Gebara (Lebanon), Theresa Jaspers, Zeki Eneshan Kavakli (Turkey), Elif Cansu Kayikci (Turkey), Uli Kneisl (Germany), Paula López (Spain), Stevo Marović (Serbia), Begüm Saral (Turkey), Robby Stubbs (USA).


Autoprogettazione + Geodesic Dome = Autodome. 
Here stands a Geodesic structure pavilion inspired by the revolutionary ideas of Buckminister Fuller, made up of a total 99 triangle units that are fixed together to create one dome. A new public space for the people of Jbeil, MEDSByblos welcomes you to take a seat on some of the Enzo Mari furniture pieces within and use it as your own type of public living room. A place to meet, relax and chat with friends or simply think what does Lebanese urban street life & its culture mean to you? #Autodome #DIVERCity

Tutor: Conor de Búrca (Ireland) 

Team: Nicola Guida (Italy), Tessa Krämer (Germany), Bill Walsh (Ireland), Jack Prendergast (Ireland), Georgia Momparak (Greece), Vlerim Sojeva (Kosovo), Nickolas Naimeh (Lebanon), Quendresë Tërmkolli (Kosovo), Joe Murphy (Ireland)

Hillslide Chapel

The Sliding Chapel is a non-denominational space for reflection. The exterior is charred black, as if the energy of it’s apparent slide down the rugged Lebanese hillside has made it catch fire Internally, the slope of the ceiling encourages visitors to take a seat by creating a sense of compression in section as they approach. Upon sitting down, visitors are rewarded with a stunning sea-view.
The concept of apparent movement and the associated energy informs the materiality of the heavily charred exterior skin. This was charred using the traditional Japanese shou-sugi-ban technique. All of the wood used in the chapel is re-cycled. Most of it was originally in the form of shipping containers.

Tutor: Kieran Donnellan (Ireland)

Team: Alberto Ibáñez Puértolas (Spain), Amber Goveas (Canada), Cynthia Antablian (Lebanon), Faustas Lasys (Lithuania), Gregorio Tomasillo (Italy), Hadir Hanna Mahmoud (Germany), Hasan Debes (Turkey), Ioanna Maria Vemou (Greece), Magdalena Storozenko (Poland), Matthias Brenner (Germany), Rabia Hant (Turkey), Roisin Leavey (Ireland), Shpat Ademaj (Kosovo), Shqiprron Jusufi (Kosovo).


Praxis; the process of learning through action. This project seeks to focus on the collaborative process of architecture and to celebrate the event of making. PRAXIS proposes to reanimate the neglected coastal site on Amchit Boulevard through the re-decoration of the pre-existing concrete pier using over 1100 unique handmade concrete tiles. Through the process of testing and making we have explored the aesthetic qualities of concrete, experimenting with multiple techniques, finishes, colours and patterns, ultimately providing a new public space along the coastal boulevard for the local community. 

Tutors: Jason Ladrigan (Ireland), Sean Conlan-Smith (Ireland)

Team: Aliaksandra Sudnikovich (Bellarus), Maryia Karaliova (Bellarus), Mirna Aržić (Croatia), Aiden Liam Bell (Ireland), Jennifer Frangieh (Lebanon), Simonas Caikauskas (Lithuania), Jelena Jelacic (Serbia), Sofija Masovic (Serbia), Luca Pfeiffer (Switzerland), Dragana Dekic (Slovenia), Alena Semiusova (Russia), Orla McKeever (Ireland)

Connecting Landscapes

Parallel tracks are crossing Lebanon for more than 200km: an abandoned path looking always the same or the symbol of a resilient country? The unused railway can become a place-making device allowing the invention of new public spaces for Byblos.
We conceived a series of elements that speak with the hidden personality and quality of each surviving fragment of the tracks, through different shapes and construction details. The interventions suggest new uses or enhance what is already there. Take a walk along the old rails: you can now find a stop, a path, an oasis and a domestic garden.

Tutors: Lorenza Manfredi (Italy) – Greta Colombo (Italy)

Team: Thomas Andersen (Denmark), Valerio Martinelli (Italy), Jose Manuel de Los Rios Zarzosa Molina (Spain), Rebecca Edin (Sweden), Hiba Jabbour (Lebanon), Ioulia Metzidaki (Greece), Rami Lazakani (Lebanon)

Grow’In Byblos

Grow’In Byblos is a city artistic, playable green installation compiled with one recycled modular element. Integrated in the Roman path, grow’in Byblos aims to animate/transform the public space usage and reintroduce greenery into the city inhabitant daily lives by focusing on three main topics; (i) Arts, (ii) education & (iii) experimentation / playable.
To reach such goal, the workshop was divided into three main phases; (i) incubation (3 days), (ii) design adaptation (2 days), (iii) execution & implementation (7 days).
As an outcome, the roman path was transformed into a museum without walls, animated by minimalistic interventions allowing the people to react, learn & experiment.

Tutors: Perla Mansour (Lebanon), Cecile Karam (Lebanon), Elyesh Sahyoun (Lebanon)

Team: Elke De Neve (Belgium), Lara Atallah (Lebanon), Mailys Tham (France), Martina Dahm (Finland), Martine Zaarour (Lebanon), Maxine Dutli (Switzerland), Valon Ismaili (Kosovo)

Open Occurrence

Southern Beach in Byblos, located between the privatized beach resorts is considered as one of the last remaining free gates to the sea, allowing an undisturbed connection with infinite landscape. The main objective of this project was to, face up Oskar Hansen’s concept of Open Form in the matter of rethinking existing spatial conditions of Southern Beach entrance.  
Research and observations carried out in the first days set a choice to convert a wall splitting spaces into multifunctional bench with hangers, mirror, taps and shower, as well as redesign main gate and wardens’ booth located next to it.

Tutors: Edyta Skiba (Poland), Karolina Turos-Wolny (Poland)

Team: Dina Bartolic (Croatia), Hana Gjikolli (Kosovo), Aurelija Grubliauskaitè (Lithuania), Youssef Ossama (Egypt), Agni Pettemeridi (Cyprus), Pablo Magdalena Visús (Spain), Mike Chaiban (Lebanon), Eline Sleiman (Lebanon)

Recipe By Design

Using time-old techniques, this outdoor kitchen invites you to cook your favourite dishes with old friends!
The construction uses upcycled wood, plastic, and cloth- all supporting a hardy concrete worktop. Be inspired to upcycle your own food into new meals or nutritious compost!
1- Store any waste food for later in your clay fridge- keep the sand wet and your food cool!
2- Wash in your cast concrete sink- please use water sparingly!
3- Cut your food. For zero waste, put any leftovers into the composting bin!
4- Cook away! Light the fire and ensure enough oxygen reaches the flames!

Tutors: Maja Jandrić (Croatia), Alastair Brook (England)

Team: Adnan Ilbay (Turkey)
Aswin Kumar (India), Lara Wschiansky (Switzerland), Lejla Odeh (Serbia), Olivia Christodoulides (Cyprus), Pauline Gondek (Germany), Stephanie Steriotis (Canada), Stijn De Kegel (Belgium), Tracy E. Hanna (Lebanon)

Motions in Byblos

Motions in Byblos is an interactive media space to experiment the animated memories of the city.
Place is known through the eyes, mind and experience. This place gives you a chance to step into the memories from the dreams of the city. All the features like tulle, animation, ancient columns and the interacting people of the city is an element of the place that helps experimentation to happen in conscious level with high rate of feelings. Animation created with the motions captured from the city and blend together with the designed stage in trans-disciplinary understanding. Follow #motionsinbyblos for more.

Tutors: Ali Alperen Şahin & Fahri Volkan Karaatlı (Turkey)

Team: Pil Anna Tesdorpf  (Denmark), Mykyta Lytvynenko (Ukraine), Melissa Bitar (Lebanon), Aaron Verlooy (Belgium), Laura Sabau Tatar (Romania), Jovana Đukić (Slovenia), Valeriia Stavitskaia (Russia), Tjaša Ćordaš (Croatia), Yusuf Bulut (Turkey)


A family of two hundred international people, living together in tents and working in an abandoned beer factory in Lebanon for two weeks is not an everyday occurrence. The fifteen other projects, the cultural contexts of Lebanon and the people themselves naturally created stories and plenty of opportunities for some gawking and stalking. This is exactly what the GawkerStalkers did for the course of the two weeks. In order to tangibly frame our observations and interpretations, many different mediums were used, both analogue and digital. The GawkerStalkers explored their surroundings, engaged with locals, went on adventures and generated this content by working together in teams, brainstorming, learning from each other, asking for help and advice from the people around them.

Tutors: Jan von der Heyde (Germany), Jack Lehane (Ireland), Vlad Georgiev (Macedonia)

Team: Petrine Prien Christensen (Denmark), Johanna Fehrle (Germany), Bhumit Shah (India), Andrea Dagher (Lebanon), Sinem Görücü (Turkey), Tamara Brocic (Serbia), DiellzÎ Bucliu (Kosovo), Deniz Can (Turkey), Jaidev Venkata (India), Arbnore Feks (Kosovo)

The Cube

The Cube is an illustration of a neuron, representation of the basic existence of our psychological and intellectual inner mechanisms. The aim is 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.

Tutors: Klejni Feimi (Albania) – Paola Dalipi (Albania) – Elie Abou Jaoude (Lebanon)

Participants: Lydia Rose Morgan (Ireland), Deimis Bakunas(Ireland), Elira Beqaj (Kosovo), Çlirimtare Syla (Kosovo), Vera bouez (Lebanon), Jure Korošec (Slovenia), Ilke Senturk (Turkey), Marisa Borabo (Begium), Kate Hunter Hanley (Ireland), Adrián Alfonso Laborda (Spain).

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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