[Friday March 5 / Saturday March 6 2010 JSR / STUDIO 306]


The two day workshop was a conclusion of the first phase of research of the “Alternative Guide to Beirut” Vertical Studio. Students were divided into four main groups each researching one of the four main infrastructural systems and its manifestations in Greater Beirut: water, transportation, energy, and waste. The workshop was organized as a series of open charettes and live group discussions, with several presentations by invited guest on subjects of urban initiatives, mappings and visual diagramming. During the workshop, the students were required to compile and produce a large collective map of Greater Beirut, placed on their studio wall, and composed from an overlay of all the groups’ research and city mappings. The map/guide will serve as a physical graphical matrix of infrastructural information that brings forth an “alternative” reading of the city, and that will be used as a studio database for the entire semester. At the end of the workshop, all four groups presented their research and analysis through visual diagrams and mappings.

participants included

StudioBeirut (Joe Mounzer and Rani Al Rajji) Elie Harfouche Zeina Maasri George Arbid Omaya Malaeb Joumana Medlej Haig Papazian Karim Moussawer


Friday March 5 [1:00 pm - 6:00 * pm]
1:00 Workshop launch by StudioBeirut [JSR]
2:00 to 6:00 Work session with guests in open group charettes [studio 306]
*6:00 to – Studio Beirut live exercise [students only]

Saturday March 6 [10:00 am - 6:00 pm]
10:30 Joumana Medlej [Driving in Lebanon: A User Manual]
11:00 – 2:00 Studio work session with guests for the production of the map
_lunch break
2:30 - 4:30 Compilation and Finalization of studio map _ Including Studio Beirut exercise inputs/tags
5:00 – 6:00 Student presentations 10 min each with guest reviewers [studio 306]
6:00 Closing Note