American Univesity of Beirut

AREC students, supervised by Beata Dreksler, attend weeklong workshop

​​Dr. Beata Dreksler supervised LDEM's second year students who participated in a week-long workshop at AREC (July 15-22 As part of their site engineering course. The students worked to implement a project that will serve the AREC community and its visitors and students. Second-year students designed and constructed a traditional tannour with hexagonal pergola, a comfortable wooden table, chairs, and swings. The students received help from agriculture students residing at AREC and volunteers from among LDEM first and third year students. The project was possible due to the participation of AREC staff and involvement of the Syrian refugee family Al-Hussain, who taught the students, step-by-step, how to construct a traditional tannour using old techniques and natural materials available in rural areas: clay, hay, and goat hair. At the end of the workshop, the tannour was tested by preparing tannour bread. The students received very positive feedback from AREC Director, Dr. Mustapha Haidar, who indicated that the tannour will be officially inaugurated during the upcoming  AREC Field Day. The collaborative effort of the community, students from multiple disciplines, and the AREC administration demonstrated the importance of collaboration in envisioning and realizing any project.

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