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MISSION

At tOD, we are architects with a purpose and strategists with a mission. Going beyond traditional architecture, we employ a holistic and biomimetic design approach with NATURE and PEOPLE at its core. It is architecture that is socially and environmentally engaged.

APPROACH

We implement integrated strategies that improve our environment and serve as catalysts for social change, as we strive to create a significant positive impact, ambitiously moving the world from EGO to ECO. We carefully explore the natural ecosystems of sites in order to devise new, innovative and sustainable living habitats –fueled by the power of biomimicry: finding solutions to human challenges by emulating nature.

we believe that truly sustainable design must not only focus on traditional energy and water conservation, but should be based on a holistic approach that combines the following areas:

health
material
energy
water

Our team works consciously, responsibly and does everything with passion. We don’t follow hierarchy in our organization, and we always collaborate and learn from each other. We strive for innovation and research, and actively look for ways to reduce our footprint on the environment.

FOUNDER

Adib Dada
Founder, Lead Architect, Biomimicry Specialist

Adib Dada is the founder of theOtherDada [tOD] Integrated Consultancy & Architecture, which mission is to activate projects across architecture, design, and art by creating unconventional links at the frontier of science. Going beyond traditional architecture, his work employs a holistic and biomimetic design approach with nature and people at its core.

As a fervent supporter of Beirut’s contemporary art scene, Adib serves on the Supporting Committee of the Beirut Art Center, and sits on the Board of Tandem Works and Saja Foundation.

Adib earned a BAr in Architecture at the American University of Beirut - Lebanon, a Master’s Degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU – USA and completed the Biomimicry graduate certificate from the Biomimicry Institute and Arizona State University.

Based on Biomimicry, theOtherDada’s work promotes a symbiotic relationship between nature and the built environment by exploring new ways of creating generous and regenerative buildings; in essence developing creative solutions that have a positive impact.

Adib was listed as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 for his project Beirut RiverLESS, which he initiated to implement positive urban interventions including the planting of urban native forests alongside Beirut River and in the city at large. Adib is a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

INVITE TO SPEAK

“We have grown together as a firm around a culture of conversation and an appreciation of dialogue. Everyone should feel comfortable to share their ideas, from owner to intern. Relationships are crucial to everything we do. How we work with each other, with clients, builders and artisans, is what defines us

TEAM

Stephanie Bashir
Senior Architect / Computational Designer
Katia Zahwi
Architect / Researcher
Ahmad Yehya
Architect
Dana Harake
Landscape Architect
WORKSHOPS
No Upcoming Workshops
24.19.2019
Beirut River Urban Reforestation Workshop

As part of BeirutRiverLESS initiative, tOD partnered with Afforestt and SUGi, to gather 20+ participants and introduce them to the Japanese Miyawaki technique. Through an engaging hands-on workshop, they managed to plant the first native urban forest in Sin el Fil Lebanon.

02.19.2019
Beirut RiverLESS Community Focus Group

As part of our collaboration with The Chain Effect, we organized a community focus group session for residents of urban areas surrounding the river.

08.18.2018
Beirut RiverLESS Urban Interventions Workshop

In collaboration with The Chain Effect, tOD curated a workshop where participants came up with bottom-up and low cost interventions focusing on mobility and public spaces around the river in Bourj Hammoud.

09.16.2016
Inauguration of Shanghai Project

Adib Dada from tOD joined the inauguration of the Shanghai Project throughout roundtable discussions along Otobong Nkanga and other multidisciplinary teams.

05.16.2016
tOD at DPU SummerLab 2016

theOtherDada has participated in the DPU summerLab in collaboration with the Development Planning Unit, The Barlett by University College London.

14.16.2016
Beirut RiverLESS Installation at BDW 2016

On the occasion of Beirut Design Week 2016, tOD developed an installation on a vacant plot of land near Beirut River, along with 20 volunteers who managed to plant more than 400 species of plants.   

TALKS
No Upcoming Talks
01.19.2019
Forestscaping: How to Bring Back Lost Forests in Cities

In collaboration with AUB, theOtherDada hosted Shubhendu Sharma, founder of afforestt, who delivered a presentation about urban afforestation. 

16.19.2019
7th Build It Green Conference

tOD took part of the 7th Build It Green Conference organized by EcoConsulting and EcoSolutions, by delivering a biomimicry thinking workshop. 

26.19.2019
Exponential Technology Middle East Conference

Adib Dada and Stephanie Bashir from tOD participated in a panel discussion under the title of "Additive Manufacturing, 3D Modelling and Printing".

19.18.2018
International Conference on Resilience in Post-Conflict Cities 2018

During the conference, organized by ESA Business School, we delivered a talk about Beirut RiverLESS as part of a round table discussion focusing on “Increasing Urban Resilience by Improving Urban Planning“.

28.16.2016
Let’s Talk About the Weather

tOD participated in a panel discussion regarding the WATER element, as part of Sursock Museum’s “Let’s Talk About the Weather”.

20.15.2015
Entrepreneur Architect VOL. 2

Adib Dada, founder of tOD, talked about his entrepreneurship journey and how he developed a business model by looking at Nature as Mentor, and using Biomimicy in business development as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.

09.15.2015
Panel Discussion with TandemWorks

tOD took part of the Panel Discussion with TandemWorks for their publication launch entitled Hammoud Badawi, along with Artists Omar Fakhoury, and Marwan Rechmaoui.

11.15.2015
Ecocity World Summit Abu Dhabi 2015

Under the theme of “Ecocities in challenging environments”, tOD delivered a presentation focusing on Biomimicry and its application in the built environment.

05.15.2015
tOD at SXSW Eco 2015

theOtherDada presented Beirut RiverLess in a fast-paced pitch competition at South by South West (SXSW) Eco’s program entitled Place by Design (PXD) in October.

17.13.2013
Saudi Green Building Forum 2013

During the SGBC Conference that was held in Riyadh, tOD presented different residential projects as case studies to show his integrated design process.

EXHIBITIONS
No Upcoming Exhibitions
10.18.2018
tOD at AUB’s B.Arch 50th Anniversary

Being an Alumnus of AUB, Adib Dada presented his projects during AUB’s Bachelor of Architecture 50th anniversary.

26.18.2018
tOD & Letitia Gallery at BDW 2018

We have partnered with Letitia Gallery to design their new exhibition space in Hamra, which in turn hosted “The Shape of a City” exhibition by artist Nathaniel Rackowe.

22.18.2018
Beirut RiverLESS at BDW 2018

theOtherDada took part of the “Forum on Cities & Designers” that was co-created by Public Works Studio and Beirut Design Week, during which we presented a timeline of Beirut River highlighting the important events and updates it has gone through since 50 BC.

22.17.2017
theOtherDada at Beirut Design Week 2017

tOD took part of BDW 2017’s exhibition where we showed how our sustainable approach is developed for our projects with refugee housing in Ouzai, residential projects in Saudi Arabia, and on larger projects such as Beirut RiverLESS.

19.16.2016
tOD at Turkey Design Week 2016

We participated in the Turkey Design Week which took place at the Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Hall, bringing the professions of design, imagination and creativity under one roof.

09.14.2014
tOD at BDW 2014

During BDW2014, tOD’s team had the chance to showcase their WORK IN PROGRESS, including different architecture and landscape projects, models, and research during the open studio.

TOURS
No Upcoming Tours
06.19.2019
Beirut River Tour for Kent State University Students

tOD delivered a presentation about Beirut River to a group of graduate Architecture & Urban Design Students from Kent State University at LAU, Beirut.

26.18.2018
CONVIVIUM Home Tours – BDW2018

As part of BDW2018, we organized two tours at our CONVIVIUM Home construction site in Gemmayze, and collaborated with Bokja Design Studio who squatted our LIVING apartment with their unique upcycled furniture.

17.16.2016
Toxic Tour of the Beirut River

A tour of the Beirut River area with architect Adib Dada discussed the transformation of the Beirut River from a natural river to its present condition as a toxic site, and its potential rehabilitated future as a public space.

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