Design as an engine for change
Training and international discussions are an engine for redesigning an entire country starting from the available materials. This is how old panels, rusty nails, herbs, branches and even old doormats can take on new life just by imagining them together, in an inclusive dialogue.
These are some of the insights born from the first “Augmented Autarky” conference and the workshop “Beyond Foraging”, co-curated by the non-profit platform for designers House of Today and the Department of Architecture and Design of the American University of Beirut.
Porky Hefer, Guan Lee and Marco Campardo, three international designers and architects specializing in local and sustainable materials and processes, came together for the first time live and online with the Lebanese creative community. Not just designers but also architects, artists, historians, writers and enthusiasts in general. They immersed themselves for a few days in the productive and craft scene of Beirut. After this first experience there the first collaborations are already being formed.