Site Visit: Biodiversity, Synergy, Pattern, Texture and Color

tOD Team arranged a site visit to Thoum, Batroun to observe, learn and get inspired by the natural ecology of the site. The land in that area is very diverse and contains a wide variety of organisms that live in a synergistic and balanced manner.

In order to intervene architecturally in a sustainable manner, we plan for our human intervention in Thoum to be as light as possible in terms of its effect on its surroundings. We are studying the natural formations and processes to emulate those within our designs, by looking at Biomimicry as a step beyond sustainability.

The following are some of the images we took during our expedition. Some of the famous Lebanese wild flowers are listed, and classified as Dr. Ahmad Houri and Ms Nisrine Machaka cataloged in their book “Wild Flowers of Lebanon”.

Last month we installed a HOBO weather station to collect weather data from the site. The station is equipped with PV Cells to collect direct UV ray intensity, a small wind turbine to collect wind speed and direction information. During the visit the team acquired the information that the station gathered over the month and documented the information in the following table.

Photo Voltaic Panels

Wind sensor to measure speed and direction of prevailing winds.



Obtaining information from the station.

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About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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