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.
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.
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.
To harness the power of impact-driven design for communities
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.