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​LDEM student Tara Kanj shortlisted for the World Landscape Architecture (WLA) Award 2019 for her Final Year Project

LDEM is proud to announce that our final year student Ms. Tara Kanj was shortlisted for the World Landscape Architecture (WLA) Award 2019 for her Final Year Project with entry name: Ouzai Coastal Slums.

The project studies the shore of Ouzai, a coastal strip south of Beirut, Lebanon. The space of the sea, which is currently abundant with haphazardly built concrete homes, piling garbage, sewage leaks, lack of fresh water, extreme maritime pollution, and the implications of climate change catching up to it, is a major component of the inhabitats' lives.

The design is an amalgamation of solutions to all the existing ecological problems, directly resulting in the creation of safe and accessible spaces for the inhabitants.

Congratulations to Tara on her accomplishment and we wish her all the best in the next step.

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​Lecture | Forestscaping: How to Bring Back Our Lost Forests in Cities

As part of the FAFS Lecture Series, and in collaboration with The Neighbourhood Initiative and theOtherDada, we invite you to an open lecture on "Forestscaping: How to Bring Back Our Lost Forests in Cities" by Mr. Shubhendu Sharma, founder and director of Afforestt.

@ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM in FAFS | Michel and Sherine Bayoud Lecture Hall


About the lecture:

In his talk, Shubhendu Sharma will discuss the Miyawaki method of afforestation and the mission of his enterprise 'Afforestt' to bring back native forests, specializing in making natural forests of native species in urban landscapes. Compared to conventional plantations, these forests are 30 times denser, maintenance free, and can be created in spaces as small as just 100 square meters. Check out Mr. Sharma's latest TED Talk: How to plant a tiny forest near you. ​

About the speaker:

Shubhendu Sharma is an eco-entrepreneur, founder, and director of 'Afforestt', a for-profit enterprise established in India in 2011 and devoted to planting native forests for all kinds of clients, from farmers to corporations to city governments. Mr. Sharma is an expert in Miyawaki method of afforestation. By integrating art, design, and forests, Afforestt has been creating forestscapes in urban spaces, creating a natural forest-like environment in otherwise heavily urbanized spaces using an accelerated method. Mr. Sharma is visiting Beirut to work on the Beirut River Urban Reforestation Pilot Project as part of Beirut RiverLESS initiative by theOtherDada. 

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Yaser Abunnasr (LDEM) and Stephen M. Wheeler (UC-D) co-present at UC Davis Arab Region Consortium

Dr. Yaser Abunnasr, associate professor LDEM, and  Dr. Stephen M. Wheeler, professor of Urban Design and Sustainability, UC Davis  co-presented on the topic Mitigating Heat islands for Dryland Cities, at the UC Davis Arab Region Consortium Sustainability Research and Training Program​.

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​Ecosystem Management​​ gradu​​ate student Ranim Koleilat receives the ‘Rasha and Nouha​​d Daouk Student Development Award’​


​Further to the LDEM department’s ​​recommendation, our ecosystem management graduate stu​​​dent Ranim Koleilat was selected by FAFS Dean Mohtar to receive the new Student travel grant the ‘Rasha and Nouhad Daouk Student Development Award’. 

Ranim will attend the '2019 Children and Nature Network International Conference’ which will be held in Oakland, California in May 2019. The conference is organized by the ‘Children and Nature Network’ and Ranim was accepted for a poster presentation about her thesis research entitled ‘The Learning Landscape of Biophilia: Design guidelines for kindergarten Schools with Marginal Space and Resources’.

Click here​ to visit the conference main page.


​LDEM student Tara Kanj ranks 1st in Turkish Indoor Championship


​Congratulations to our Landscape A​​rchitecture student Tara Kanj for setting the women's national record and getting first place in the 400m relay in the Turkish Indoor Championship!

​​LDEM student Christelle Moussa among winners in IFI Climate Change competition


LDEM is proud to announce Ms. Christelle Moussa as 5th place winner with her proposed research "Vegetation as a UHI mitigation measure in arid contexts: The case of Dubai". Ms. Moussa is an E​​COM student and is supervised by Dr. Yaser Abunnasr.​​​

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​Nayla Al-Akl, Associate Dean of Student Affairs


LDEM Assistant Professor Nayla Al-Akl appointed Associate Dean of Student Affairs, effective January 15, 2019

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Workshop on Interactive Lecturing, Dr. Yaser Abunnasr


Dr. Yaser Abunnasr organized and conducted a workshop on Interactive Lecturing for the Center of Teaching and Learning and presented the ideas, tools, and experiences of interactive lecturing​.

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