ABOUT 

D4C (Design for Communities NGO) is an associated foundation based in Beirut that brings together designers and professionals from a variety of backgrounds to engage in community projects in different countries. The interdisciplinary platform connects architects, landscape & urban designers, planners, environmental, climate, mechanical & civil engineers through a diverse portfolio of projects operating at the highest levels of innovation in the field.

OUR MISSION

To provide an inclusive design hub that brings together the creative and innovative community to engage in social and environmental impact-driven initiatives

D4C targets the upskilling of communities through an inclusive design hub that democratizes a participatory approach. It gives the opportunity for students, fresh graduates and professionals to use their creative and innovative spirit to actively collaborate, design and engage in building sustainable projects for marginalized communities. It thrives to promote and strengthen design at the core of the development of inclusive, empowered and self-sustainable environments for present and future generations.

OUR VISION

To be the LEADING social enterprise that promotes design, creativity, technology and innovation at the forefront of community-based for sustainable developments

D4C aims at harnessing the power of design and innovation at the crossroad of impact-driven initiatives. It pioneers sustainable development while triggering creativity, problem-solving, curiosity, and motivation for community empowerment. It integrates technology as part of the design strategy to lead both social and environmental projects for marginalized communities.

Values

To harness the power of impact-driven design for communities

Provide spaces & facilities for a sustainable development of neglected communities
Develop projects that foster social solidarity
Help to preserving the culture & heritage of the community
Engage in nature preservation projects
Increase the quality of life in marginalized communities
Educate students & young professionals in the field of community service
Empower disadvantaged groups to become agents of change in their local communities
OUR METHODOLOGY

The D4C platform adopts an action-oriented research approach within a professional framework to engage in relief and reconstruction projects. By addressing and intervening in areas of conflict, D4C acts as a catalyst for sustainable development of relief structures and reconstruction in order to improve the lives of some of the country’s most marginalized communities.

The D4C initiative applies substantial knowledge and expertise in architecture, heritage preservation, landscape and urban design, sustainability, and civil engineering to create innovative solutions capable of specifically addressing the challenges posed by migration, displacement, and reconstruction.

The experimental nature of D4C is its source of strength in that research, innovation, and exploration in the field inform the innovativeness of its interventions. Through its involvement in academia D4C is also able to organize workshops for students and young professionals as a means of engaging enthusiastic young architects and engineers with authorities in the field looking to address some of the most pressing social and cultural issues of our time. This encourages sustainable project development within a participatory process that directly engages beneficiaries and locals alike.

OUR roadmap

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Research begins with a comprehensive survey of the marginalized community in question and a thorough understanding of the context within which it exists. D4C is able to develop relevant design strategies and sustainable solutions for the issues at hand through this rigorous dedication to research. The platform concerns itself with the design and exploration of innovative strategies that draw on local vernacular design while also engaging the technical expertise of the team. Thorough data analysis, simulations, material testing, and prototype fabrication inform the application of D4C’s cost-efficient and ecologically respectful relief efforts. Learn More

DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION

D4C is engaged in the design and implementation of community-based projects such as schools, libraries, vocational centers, and medical clinics in service of neglected and marginalized communities. Projects work to limit the effects of conflict and disaster, restore and rehabilitate architectural heritage, and aid in the protection of the natural environment. To bring these projects to life, D4C teams up with NGOs and international agencies as well as local and national authorities and educational institutions. D4C takes on the responsibility of design and implementation through the solicitation of projects, the preparation of the brief, and the acquisition of funding while also bringing together professionals, specialists, and scholars across a variety of fields.

REACH OUT TO US

Design for Communities (D4C Beirut)

Sadat Street, Aramouny Building, Floor 2
Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon

d4c@d4communities.org
+96170758269

Organizer: Karim Najjar (Founder/President)
Ministry of Interior Affairs, Lebanon Reg. Nr. 2062

Thinking Hand (Partner)

Thinking Hand Verein zur Stärkung und Förderung sozialer Bauprojekte Eingetragener Verein

Seidlgasse 41/5A
A-1030 Vienna, Austria

d4c@d4communities.org
+43-1-5953408

Organizer: Rames Najjar (Founder/President)
ZVR-Zahl 1441311513