architecture of exchange

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and the craftsmen.


Every environment an architect confronts consists of architecture; the existing. Every site is meticulously organized and inhabited. Facing the complexity of this contemporary issue, our role lies in the thoughts of architectural impact by exploring the capabilities of context in producing new relationships.
To survey, observe, and register the existing state – its resources, organisms, humidity, winds, insolation, earth, eventual construct, and its usage – constitute the initial program we set preliminary to any constructive action. Informed by our research into biomimicry, this extremely precise and demanding introspective method leads to reconsider the world differently: like a system of relationships, exchanges, and not like a system of isolated objects and actions. This generates new spatial experiments and living conditions that are more open, light and porous through invention of dynamic play between the interior and exterior; an intricate interdependency. We aim to criticize the defensive approach that forms the relationship between the living and the context. Whether one lives in Paris or Dubai, the brutal tendency towards obstruction and introversion are surprisingly the same. If the future of architecture is directed towards sustainability, undisputable intention, a consensus is still a requisite. We believe that practices claiming to be sustainable only enhance the already abusive trend of a number of enterprises into Greenwashing. However, the sustainable has nothing to do with the appearance, it is an attitude. A curious and activist look directed on the existing. A knowledgeable and happy relationship towards the pleasure of an environment with the potential to be transformed, to produce new reasons to inhabit. - By Adib Dada


The team aims to have a holistic understanding of the living systems and communities that they are affecting.


The importance of biomes is that they show how organisms are well adapted to local concerns of climate, nutrition, energy, and water. The adaptation strategies could be used as design solutions.

We believe in sustainability as being a collaborative effort
theOtherDada’s design process is organic, dynamic and interactive.
Informed by our research into BIOMIMICRY, we consider the world differently; like a system of RELATIONSHIPS and EXCHANGES, not like a system of isolated objects and actions.






Consulting /
Advising /
Researching /
Master Plans /
Urban Interventions /
Art /
Sustainable Practices (Health, economy, society, history...)
A holistic and integrated strategic approach to different topics, tOD works as a connector and advisor on the project using its wide network and knowledge in matters related to art, sustainable living and thinking.

Research /
Concept /
Design /
Plans /
Architecture /
Landscape /
Innovation Habitat /
Master Plans
Designs and concepts that go beyond sustainability, using an alternative integrated approach that keeps in mind the community, economy and environment.

(Internal) Research /
Experimentation /
Learning /
Self-Initiated Projects
(External) Teaching /
Speaker /
Workshops /
Academia /
Line of products /

An entity that allows self-initiated projects & research to help tOD & the community always develop. This entity shows tOD’s strength in different topics, highlighting the sustainable approach. tOD is always open to collaboration, sharing and constantly encouraging positive behavior.

Innovation Habitat

Innovation Habitat

Every environment an architect confronts consists of architecture; the existing. Every site is meticulously organized and inhabited. Facing the complexity of this contemporary issue, our role lies in the thoughts of architectural impact by exploring the capabilities of context in producing new relationships.

Biodiversity    التنوع البيئي
The term biodiversity [from Biological Diversity] refer to all living organisms from all sources meaning all plants and animal species (flora and fauna) with all their genetic variability, forming communities and interacting with each other and with their physical environment with all its abiotic components like water, air and soil and their associated ecological relationships.

Biophilia    حب الطبيعة
An innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world.

Biome    مجال حيوي
A complex community characterized by distinctive plant and animal species maintained under the climatic conditions of their region.

Biomimicry    محاكاة الطبيعة
The term biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, for example, a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology is a method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings.

Community    المجتمع
A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

Conservation    الحماية او المحافظة
Protection (of something of environmental or cultural importance) from harm or destruction.
Ecosystem    النظام البيئي
A community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.

Ecosystem services    خدمات النظام البيئي
The benefits provided by ecosystems that contribute to making human life both possible and worth living.

Environment    البيئة
The surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.

Environmental Footprint    التأثير السلبي على الطبيعة
the resources that are taken from the planet including the resources consumed by the producer and the pollution released while making that product.

Environmental Handprint    التاثير الإيجابي على الطبيعة
what we give to the planet when we directly create change for the better. For example planting a tree and growing a garden are generative actions that bring Net Good into the world.

Fauna    الحيوانات
All the animal life in a particular region or period.

Flora    النباتات
All the plant life in a particular region or period.

Green Infrastructure    البنية التحتية الخضراء
Using vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments.

Green Washing    ظاهرة الغسل الاخضر
When marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly.
Grey Water    المياه المبتذلة
Wastewater generated from wash hand basins, showers and baths that can be reused with minimal treatment.

Life cycle    دورة الحياة
The stages a product or design goes through before, during and after a project.

Living roof / living wall    أسطح و جدران خضراء
Wall or roof covered with plants.

Living Building Challenge    
An international sustainable building certification program created in 2006. It is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment.

Organisms    الكائنات الحية
Any contiguous living system, such as a vertebrate, insect, plant or bacterium.

Stakeholder    المعنيين
A person with an interest or concern in a specific intervention.

Sustainability    الاستدامة
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It takes into account three main pillars: Environment, Economy and Equity.
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Beirut, Lebanon 11-5305
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