Badih Rameh, alumnus of the Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts & Design (Ramez G. Chagoury FAAD) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), participated in the “Global Grad Show 2017,” part of Dubai Design Week, which was held between November 13, and 18, 2017.
The Global Grad Show comprises of around 200 projects from 92 universities in 43 countries. Every project exhibited in the show is represented by its designer and an accompanying academic representative.
Badih, with his “Waterfront Tanks” entry was selected as one of the projects exhibited under the “Sustain” section in the show. The project is an adaptive–reuse design of soon-to-become obsolete oil silos, transforming them into places for people’s uses and activities related to the waterfront.
The proposed design takes into consideration the existing structures, retaining their identity, and peeling their surfaces as to accommodate new functions and spaces. The design anticipates and makes use of a post-petroleum future using bioremediation, and adapting these existing harmful structures and turning them from sites of waste and pollution into lively, communal spaces.