American Univesity of Beirut

The Urban Oasis Competition

​In celebration of ESDU's 20th anniversary, the Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management department (LDEM) and the Environment & Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) have partnered to launch the Urban Oasis Competition, part of a larger master plan for FAFS research facilities named the ECO-UNIT. 

The urban oasis aims to transform existing facilities (both architecture and landscape) into an engagement center for ESDU to showcase sustainable building and landscape practices. The ECO-UNIT project is an extensive upgrade and renovation that will transform the existing facilities into a state-of-the-art facility that provides unique outdoor learning opportunities. The FAFS ECO-UNIT will be a showcase for sustainable agro-ecological and landscape practices and will offer a snapshot of what the future could be. 

The ECO-UNIT will be a prototype for integrated agricultural, landscape, conservation, and food practices, expanding the educational, research, and community outreach activities of the faculty by implementing examples of best practices to demonstrate connections across disciplines and sectors. The FAFS ECO-UNIT will become a catalyst for stewardship of the land, disseminating knowledge and skills for sustainability within and outside the University.


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