running loops


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!

Jennifer Beitel (Germany)
Felix Wernli (Switzerland)

Elie Abi Sejaan (Lebanon), 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)
the cube


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.

Elie Abou Jaoude (Lebanon)
Klejni Feimi (Albania)
Paola Dalipi (Albania)

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)


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.

Conor de Búrca (Ireland)

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)
sliding chapel


The chapel's elegant slender form is designed to give the pavilion the appearance of sliding down the hillside. This is achieved by giving the roof the same angle as the slope on which the pavilion sits. This lends the building the eccentric appearance of being both anchored and sliding at the same time. 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 reason for the tapering plan was to define an intimate entrance on one side and a generous view on the other. 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 of tying 3 boards into a chimney and setting a fire at the base. All of the wood used in the chapel is re-cycled. Most of it was originally in the form of shipping containers.

Kieran Donnellan (Ireland)

Alberto Ibanez, Amber Goveas, Cynthia Antablian, Faustas Lasys, Gregorio Tomasillo, Hadir Hanna Mahmoud, Hasan Debes, Ioanna Maria Vemou, Magdalena Storozenko, Matthias Brenner, Rabia Hant, Roisin Leavey, Shpat Ademaj, Shqiprron Jusufi.
gawker stalker


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”.

Vlad Georgiev
Jan von der Heyde
Jack Lehane

Petrine Prien Christensen, Johanna Fehrle, Bhumit Shah, Andrea Dagher, Sinem Görücü, Tamara Brocic, Diellza Bucliu, Deniz Can, Jaidev Venkata, Arbnore Feka, Rami Bassil, Pamela Fares.
connecting landscapes


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.

Greta Colombo (Italy)
Lorenza Manfredi (Italy)

Thomas Andersen (Denmark), Valerio Martinelli (Italy), Hiba Jabbour (Lebanon), Nour Tabet (Lebanon), Rebecca Edin (Sweden), Ioulia Metzidaki (Greece), Jose Manuel de los rios Zarzosa (Spain)


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.

Jason Ladrigan (Ireland)
Sean Conlan Smith (Ireland)

Aliaksandra Sudnikovich, Maryia Karaliova, Mirna Arzic, Aiden Liam Bell, Jennifer Frangieh, Simonas Caikauskas, Jelena Jelacic, Sofija Masovic, Luca Pfeiffer, Dragana Dekic, Alena Semiusova, Orla McKeever


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.

Eugenio Chironna (Italy)
Alexandre Marguerie (France)

Andrew Byrne, Eduardo Crespo, Zineddine Djouama, Karen Gebara, Theresa Jaspers, Zeki Eneshan Kavakli, Elif Cansu Kayikci, Uli Kneisl, Paula Lopez, Stevo Marovic, Begum Saral, Robby Stubbs
forgotten script


Beginning this project our group was afforded the opportunity to delve deeply into the history and origins of an ancient forgotten script, in which we came to discover the origins and ancestry of the Latin alphabet. We were given the chance to explore Lebanese history and culture unlike any regular tourist experience as a result of our local tutors, this exploration came in the form of trips to historical sites and museums in both Byblos and Beirut. From this we began our process of attempting to decipher the mysterious script, interpret it’s meanings, relate it to the Latin alphabet, order symbols and even being to formulate our own words from them. By then creating our sculptural pavilion we are inviting the public to consider and interpret the forgotten script also. The cubic form draws the viewer into a three dimensional confrontation with the symbols.
We invite you to observe, contemplate and formulate your own meanings.

Henri Asmar

Agnieszka Ejsymont, Alex Curtis, Kamila Haja, Martina Kavrakova, Nathan De Feyter, Neva Zidić, Stepan Pozhidaev, Vanesa Orana
inner diva1


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.

Francielly Kaucz (Brazil)
Marta Badurina (Croatia)

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

Perla Mansour (Lebanon)
Cecile Karam (Lebanon)
Elyesh (Lebanon)

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


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!

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

Dina Bartolic (Croatia), Hana Gjikolli (Kosovo), Aurelija Grubliauskaitè (Lithuania), Youssef Ossama (Egypt), Agni Pettemeridi (Cyprus), Pablo Magdalena Visús (Spain)


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.

Anastasia Kassiani Florou (Greece)
Matrona Milosi (Greece)

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)
recipe by design


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.

Alastair Brook (England)
Maja Jandrić (Croatia)

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)
alphabet pavilion


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.

Martin Shopski (Bulgaria)

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


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”

Ali Alperen Sahin (Turkey)
Fahri Volkan Karaatlı (Turkey)

Pil Anna Tesdorpf, Nikita Litvinenko, Melissa Bitar, Aaron Verlooy, Laura Sabau, Jovana Đukić, Valeriia Stavitskaya, Tjaša Ćordaš, Yusuf Bulut


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.