x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Living Art

This event occurred on
April 10, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm EEST
(UTC +3hrs)
Beirut, BA

Set in a wonderful arts education and presentation space, this salon tries to challenge our audience's perspective about Art and Design and their power to transform common scenes from everyday life.

With 3 TED Talks screened around Art and 2 live speakers sharing their design work in up-cycling and recycling common material, there's an abundance of ideas in this salon that push the envelope of what's possible.

The salon also invites the audience to interact through activities building on the talks. It was also followed by a generous reception for our audience to mingle and network around drinks & snacks and to check out the recycled and upcycled material exhibited at the space by our speakers.

Ashkal Alwan
Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut, BA
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Ziad Abi Chaker

Ziad is a multi-disciplinary engineer who specializes in building Municipal Recycling Facilities going against the trend of central Mega recycling Plants. After returning to Lebanon in 1996, Ziad started Cedar Environmental, an environmental & industrial engineering organization that aims to build recycling plants to produce organically certified fertilizers and leave no waste material to be disposed of, but instead recycled into a new form of product to be used again and again. In 2011, Ziad and his engineering team developed a new technology which transforms plastic bags into solid plastic panels used in the outdoors to replace wooden and steel panels.

George Ghafary

CEO of the social business Chreek, young entrepreneur George Ghafary found one solution to help solve two grave problems faced worldwide: How to keep garbage away from landfills, and get former drug addicts off the street and in a job.  His solution? Giving garbage a new lease of life with some ingenious and creative upcycling work done by former drug addicts.

Organizing team


Beirut, Lebanon


Beirut, Lebanon
  • John Chehaybar
  • Reem Maktabi