Three days of food for thoughts, tummies, and eyes

One of the main goals of Hours Beirut is to provide an intimate space for a smallish group of people to be in conversation during the course of three days.

THURSDAY JUNE 13, CITY EXPLORATION
An insider's guide to the history, architecture, food, art and contemporary life of Beirut. Includes tours and pop up talks.

8.45 AM – HAMRA
Meeting point will be confirmed via mail.

We'll be walking through Hamra and Jeanne D'arc, American University Beirut, Fishermans port towards Beirut Terraces (built by Herzog & de Meuron) learning how to maintain the nice vibe of the streets, a home away from home and the heritage of the area.

11 AM – DOWNTOWN
Coffee at Beirut Terraces!

From Beirut Terraces, we'll walk through the neighborhood Minet el Hosn experiencing the diversity of shopping malls and historical space like Martyr's square to the Roman baths. We'll learn about urban planning, public vs. private spaces, and maintaining the heritage and history.

2 PM – GEMMAYZEH
Lunch at two very yummy local restaurants located next to each other, pick the one you fancy the most!

From our lunch destination, we'll go to Plan Bey (artisan-publisher of artists’ multiples, books and prints), Sursock Museum, the Green line and end up at Beit Beirut (museum and urban cultural center celebrating the history of Beirut) with a stop for coffee on the way. We'll learn about different ways of communicating change, the Green line and the war and how to maintain memories.

5.30 PM – END OF PROGRAM

Optional evening event to be announced soon!

 

FRIDAY JUNE 14, SEMINAR
Full day with talks, workshops and conversations at the Antwork co-working space. Starting with food, ending with more food. The overarching theme is Maintenance (scroll down for more on that).

9 AM – BREAKFAST IN THE ANTWORK GARDEN
Get to know the other participants while indulging in local food and coffee.

 
 


10 AM – WELCOME
Moderators and program guides Doreen Toutikian & Martin Thörnkvist Introduce the day, set the scope and get us off to a good start.

10.15 AM – WHAT IS MAINTENANCE?
Lara Houston (Goldsmiths, London)
Sociologist Lara Houston will open the seminar by introducing maintenance theory. In sharing cases from her research she’ll contextualize the act of maintenance and talk about why repair matters.


 
 

10.45 AM – SEEING VALUE IN WHAT IS ALREADY HERE
Monica Basbous (Public works, Beirut)
Architect and Urban Designer Monica Basbous will talk about findings in her research on public space in Beirut and share methods on how maintain the value of spaces that are not being recognized as financially valuable.

Maya Terro (Food blessed, Beirut)
Food waste expert Maya Terro talk about her approach to upcycling food that was on its way to the dump and at the same time reducing the number of people going hungry in Lebanon.


11.30 AM – BREAK
Refreshments in the garden.


 
 

12 PM – DESIGNING FOR MAINTENANCE & CIRCULARITY
Arianne Orillac (Ideo, London)
From her perspective as a Circular Business Design Lead Arianne Orillac will present what IDEO's Circular Design Guide is and how it can be utilized as a method to build healthy models for businesses and creative output.

Dominique Fularski, (IKEA, Älmhult)
Working on the Circular IKEA team Dominique Fularski will talk about circular product design, new circular customer experience, innovation and sourcing of materials, and the development of a circular supply chain.

1 PM – LUNCH
Time to stimulate our taste buds and get some fuel to keep our bodies up and running.

 
 

2.15 PM – WORKSHOP X 3
Choose one of three workshops.

Arianne Orillac (Ideo)
In this workshop you’ll be using the circular strategy cards to brainstorm product development solutions that creates enables better future for people and the planet.

Sabine Choucair (Clown me in)
Workshop on the maintenance of the self through unlocking part of our inner clown. Saying yes, digging into our most ridiculous fear and our deepest dislikes

Josef Conning (Augur)
A workshop that explores how we should maintain our cities in a paradigm where our society becomes increasingly bottom-up driven and informally governed.

4.30 PM – MAINTENANCE AND THE INTERNET
Nicolas Sera-Leyva, (SMEX, Beirut)
Nicolas works in the human rights and technology realm. At Hours Beirut, he will explore how the architecture of the internet influences and governs identities, and how we as humans can maintain the safety and agency of our virtual selves.

Jillian C. York (Electronic Frontiers Foundation, Berlin)
Jillian work with examining state and corporate censorship and its impact on culture and human rights at Electronic Frontiers Foundation‘s (EFF). At Hours Beirut she’s going to talk about how to we keep the internet open and safe, and why this is important.

 
 

5.15 PM – MAINTAINING THE SELF
Liane Al Ghusain (Kuwait)
Liane will explore global perspectives on personal hygiene. How does the Indian government keep people from urinating in public? Why do Muslims have a shattaf culture (and Christians mostly shun it)?

Nathan Larson (Lumen Project, Malmö)
As an award-winning film music composer gone curator and meditator Nathan will share his thoughts on how about culture and music connects to meditation and the human psyche.

6.30 PM – THE END, OR RATHER THE START
Moderators Martin and Doreen wrap the day up and sets us up for a continuous dialogue on what maintenance can mean for our business and lives.

 
 

6.30 PM – DRINKS IN THE ANTWORK GARDEN
Well deserved refreshment with new found friends.


8.30 PM – DINNER ALL OVER TOWN
We make reservations at our favorite restaurants in groups of ten. You get a chance to have deeper conversations with fellow participants and speakers.

 
 

SATURDAY JUNE 15, MUSIC
The third day of Hours is magical music experience. A 12-hour seamless sound and light event named Beirut Drone. Curated and organized by Lumen Projects, American film music composer Nathan Larson and local music authority Ziad Nawfal.

It’s called Beirut Drone and start at noon and goes on to 12 am at Zoukak Studio

Performances by Jad Atoui (LE), Vilhelm Bromander (SE), Tony Elieh (LE), Charbel Haber (LE), Gerda Holmqvist (SE), Maria W Horn (SE), Sofia Jernberg (SE), Abed Kobeissy (LE), Nathan Larson (US), Stephanie Merchak (LE), Mme Chandelier (LE), Jessica Moss (CA), Sary Moussa (LE), Jawad Nawfal (LE), Youmna Saba (LE), Mika Takehara (JP), and Mariam Wallentin & Andreas Werliin aka Wildbirds and Peacedrums (SE).

Visuals by Firas El-Hallak (LE), Ayman Nahle (LE) and Elyse Tabet (LE).

The perfect way to unwind and reflect on all new impressions and knowledge from the seminar and city exploration.

 

Theme: High Maintenance

With “maintenance” as the theme, we are exploring and encouraging folks to build on the existing structures and things in our respective societies, rather than chasing the new for new's sake. The intention is to talk about the systems and humans that make the world go round and be aware of and transform what’s already present.

At its core, the seminar is about the fact that all things need additional energy to be sustained. Diving into topics like: urban development, sustainability, death, feminism, internet, the relevance of culture and art, history and self-care.

Some questions we’ll be discussing:
Which groups or individuals who maintain our systems, culture, code, democracy, etc do we need to highlight with greater clarity?

What can be created from the “existing”, rather than focus on the endless production of the “new”?

How do we design for continuous modification/ redefinition, and sustained relevance over time?

ARTICLES THAT INSPIRE US
Hail The Maintainers, Andrew Russel & Lee Vinsel
Maintenance and Care, Shannon Mattern
Rethinking Repair, Steven Jackson
Can a Company Live Forever, Kim Gittleson

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