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LDEM students led by Nayla Al-Akl participate in a 2-day international design charette on the conceptualization of Beirut Digital District

On September 11 and 12, the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management (LDEM), represented by five students from LDEM and led by Nayla Al-Akl, participated in a 2- day international design charrette on the conceptualization of Beirut Digital District, looking at spaces of heritage, contrasts and connections. 

The workshop generated concepts for Beirut’s Digital District- a site rich in history in heritage which aims to become a cluster that caters to the young digital creative community. The design charrette was a first step in a series of initiatives to build networks and collaborations on timely issues relating to lack of public and outdoor spaces.​

The charrette was led by the department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield with partners for the American University of Beirut (LDEM & MUD), the Lebanese University, the Lebanese American University, Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts and al-Azm University. 

​​​​​Lecture | Landscape Architecture in a Changing Climate

@ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in FAFS | Michel and Sherine Bayoud Lecture Hall

As part of the FAFS Lecture Series,​ LDEM organized an open lecture on "Landscape Architecture in a Changing Climate​" by Andy Clayden, senior lecturer and landscape architect at the University of Sheffield, UK.​

Andy Clayden is a senior lecturer and landscape architect at the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK.

His research focuses on the design and management of cemetery and memorial landscapes of Natural Burial in the UK and military cemeteries of the Second World War. Landscape architects had a significant role in the design of these cemeteries and their work in controlling the design of space and movement, continues to shape how visitors experience these landscapes today.

His teaching and practice is guided by an enthusiasm for working with materials and detailing and how this might project a more environmentally sensitive approach to design. The lecture drew on a range of historic and contemporary projects that explore the contribution of landscape architecture and how it is responding to a changing climate.​


​​​Landscape Architecture Alumna Thea Maria Maroun makes it among the top 10% of papers submitted to The Global Undergraduate Awards

LDEM congratulates our 2019 alumna Thea Maria Maroun on being one of the highly commended entrants with her paper ranking among the top 10% of papers submitted to the Architecture and Design Category in the Global Undergraduate Awards.

Thea's paper 'Re-Morphing the Quarryscape of the Metn Express Highway: Hybridizing Theories: Between Ecological Reclamation and Land-Art' made it to the top among other 3,437 submissions to the Undergraduate Awards this year.

To access the full list of Highly Commended Entrants, click here.

LDEM towards ideas for sustainable tourism in Jordan


​LDEM students travelled with Assistant Professor Nayla Al-Akl to Ajloun, Jordan (June 21-29), to participate in an intensive program to develop projects for sustainable tourism in Jordan. Under the framework of the Middle East Social Innovation Lab (MESIL), the interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange considered ways to sustainably safeguard unique cultural and natural landscapes. 

Over a period of ten days, 40 international students from multiple disciplines, including seven from LDEM, worked with local civil society actors to develop concepts and business models that focused on sustainable tourism in the Kufranja region of northeastern Jordan, near the Syrian border. 

Click here​ to check out a trailer documenting highlights from the workshop.

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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’​


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’.

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​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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