It’s been a busy summer at KARAJ! With the summer internships coming to a close, we wanted to introduce you to the KARAJ summer family, inform you on the various projects that we’ve been working on, and invite you to City As Lab’s closing reception.
Meet the KARAJ team and view all of the work City As Lab has completed this Thursday at City As Lab’s closing reception!
THURSDAY, July 28th
6-10PM at KARAJ Media Lab Beirut in Mar Mikhael
Lebanese Directions: Corniche el Nahr street, Past Electricite du Liban, right after Banque BLC, 1st building on the right - Geara bldg (pink building), 1st floor
In the same building as Little Toykyo and on the same side as Chez Sophie.
Adriana Valdez Young, development manager
Adriana is adjunct professor at the Graduate Program for International Affairs at The New School. She is in Beirut leading City as Lab: NYC BEIRUT – a collaborative urban design and research program. She has helped mold the identity of KARAJ and has most recently worked on H&Mbassy and co-designed Urban Fabric maps that will be sold at Plan Bei, Beirut.
Bassam Jalhga, inventor in residence
Bassam recently attained his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from AUB. At Karaj, Bassam is assisting Hind with Butterfleye, and is also working on patenting Tork, an automated tuning device for string musical instruments, that won the first season of Stars of Science.
Hind Hobeika, inventor in residence
Hind recently graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program at AUB. She won third place in the reality show Stars of Science for her product Butterfleye — swimming goggles that monitor heart rate. At Karaj, she is working on making Butterfleye smaller, lighter, and more power efficient.
Hirumi Nanayakkara, design+technology intern
Hirumi is an MFA Design + Technology candidate at Parsons, The New School for Design. She is part of the SPF team and has assisted in furthering KARAJ’s online identity, assisting Ayah Bdeir with a neon light installation that describes the electricity problem in Lebanon, and developing the Iphone application, Gardenista, which promotes urban agriculture.
Ramsey Nasser, design+technology intern
Ramsey is a recent MFA Design + Technology graduate from the the Parsons, The New School for Design. This summer he has been working on the SPF project, developing Zajal – a new programming language for visual artists and creative hackers, and furthering development on Twirdie, an Iphone application now available for download.
Sherif Maktabi, public space hacking intern
Sherif is part of the SPF team. He has been continuing the Lebanon Would Be Better project and is currently working on an augmented reality museum of the Civil War. Sherif will be attending Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London this fall.
SPF (solar powered fan) is the first Karaj initiated project. the electricity grid in Lebanon is broken. Many people have very intermittent (to no) electricity and too much summer sun. Some people are lucky enough to have backup generators to provide power to their homes and business, while others go without electricity for as much as 20 hours out of the day.
The goal of this project is to circumvent and find distributed solutions to systemic electricity infrastructure problems in Lebanon.
We spent our summer researching, interviewing Lebanese citizens, and completing site visits. We are wrapping up our summer work by finding ways to activate the community to make their concerns heard.
Keep up on our blog here. We will be releasing a series of webisodes compiling our research soon, so stay tuned!