Eid Moubarak!

أَوَ لَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ حَى أَفَلاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ

(سورة الأنبياء: 30)

Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were of one piece, then we parted them, and we made every living thing of water? Will they not then believe?

(Sourat Anbiya: 30)

This post celebrates the end of the Holy month of Ramadan with a special emphasis on water conservation that reflects our approach for designing in hot desert climates.

Our designs attempt at improving household water consumption through the use of efficient water technology, water reusing + recycling and water reduction measures in the outdoors spaces.

The most common measure we have implemented is to reduce water consumption by specifying water efficient sanitary fittings, fixtures and appliances such as dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, dishwasher, washing machines and water meters.

We propose water recycling on two levels: recycling grey water from showers and washing machines+ recycling black water from toilets and dishwashers. The resulting water is diverted for the irrigation of planted areas.

Finally the last measures focus on using native plant species for landscaping that are already adapted to the desert climate and do not require excessive irrigation.

روى الإمام أحمد (6768) وابن ماجة(419) عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ رضي الله عنهما (أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَرَّ بِسَعْدٍ وَهُوَ يَتَوَضَّأُ فَقَالَ : مَا هَذَا السَّرَفُ يَا سَعْدُ ؟ قَالَ : أَفِي الْوُضُوءِ سَرَفٌ ؟ قَالَ : نَعَمْ ، وَإِنْ كُنْتَ عَلَى نَهْرٍ جَارٍ

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, happened to pass by a Companion, Sa’d ( Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu), as he was performing ablution (wudhu) next to a river. At this, the Prophet said, “Sa’d what is this squandering?” Sa’d replied: “Can there be an idea of squandering (israf) in ablution?” The Prophet said: “Yes, even if you are by the side of a flowing river.” – Ibn Majah

Below are some projects we have researched in connection to our Beirut RiverLess project that aims to bring Beirut River back to life, focusing on the importance of the relationship between man and water.


Wadi Hanifa Project where once the sewage and waste water from Riyadh city used to run in nature causing health risk to the community is now treated by natural means [phytoremediation with plants] providing a continuous ribbon of naturalized parkland that interconnects city, people and Wadi.


Fez River Project Proposal for the revitalization of the heavily polluted and neglected river bringing back community space around the river.


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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