tutor | david aouad

LIVING POST-2020

This studio calls this semester as a global reflection to rethink human habitats, at a time when the fight for life, health and climate allows us to consider how we would like to live in the coming decades.
Throughout a year of insecurities, catastrophes and disasters, the objective is for students to propose how to design our living environment, at whichever scale most interests them to promote and protect human life: how to rethink our bodies, how to design the objects that surround us, how to redesign the homes that we inhabit, what functions they must incorporate, how to grow communities or re-naturalize public spaces, how to reinvent our cities taking advantage of digital communications in times of confinement and broadly how we define our relationships with others in a time of changes.
In these ways we want to inspire reflection on how we can accelerate our future using design in order to respond to the health, energy, food, production, environmental or social challenges of the coming years.
We like to think that each person’s life begins at home, which is the center of their universe and the origin of their social interactions. In times of crisis like the present, we have been confined to our homes and for some of us even taken away from our homes. They have become micro-cities where we live, work and rest, connected to the world through information networks. So, after this experience, how do you imagine the future for our living environment?
The studio encourages students to propose a design related to their way of life, at the scale that most interests them from our bodies to the city, in the city of Beirut, in an area that have recently been affected by unfortunate events, reflecting different cultural, environmental, economic or social conditions.
Some of the topics to be tackled during this semester:

  • The dialogue between the intervention and the existing city (the demolished city);
  • The concept of permanent v/s the temporary;
  • What it means to live post 2020 and the rethinking of the typologies we grew up with;
  • The complexity of space;
  • The memory of the space;
  • The concept of “place identity”.
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