The American University of Beirut (AUB) will be transforming into a tobacco-free campus by January 2018. The Tobacco-Free Task Force in collaboration with the AUB Neighborhood Initiative launched in June a student competition to design newly designated smoking areas outside the campus.
By creating off campus smoking areas, AUB aims to promote a crowd-free zone in the immediate surroundings of the gates, thus securing an easy flow in and out of the campus (as per International standards, smoking is not allowed within 25ft. (7.5m) from the entrances to tobacco-free areas). Having designated smoking areas near all the gates with cigarette recycling bins will help keep our sidewalks clean, contribute to the recycling of waste in the city, and thus help protect the environment from the toxic chemicals in the cigarette butts that mostly and sadly end up in our sea.
The aim of this competition was to encourage the students to form interdisciplinary teams and apply their knowledge to come up with sustainable eco-design solutions to a real life problem. Six competition entries were presented and the student groups varied in majors from architecture, graphic and landscape design to civil, mechanical, chemical and industrial engineering.
The target users would include the AUB community of students, faculty and staff in addition to visitors, neighbors and the general public.
The AUB Neighborhood Initiative will coordinate with the Municipality of Beirut to get the necessary approvals for these interventions in the public realm.
The exhibition extends till September 20, 4:00pm.