Connie Yeh, Karim Badra, Farah Yassine & Peter Matar
Project Nawwaret is a Desmeem Project under the theme: Design and Energy, in collaboration with Indyact.
“Takket el se’a.” (Literal translation: “The clock ticked.”)
A glance at everyday routines and language of the Lebanese shows how they have adapted to the ongoing power crisis since the civil war. The average home must pay two electricity bills every month: one to the government (EDL) and one to an alternate source, such as a generator owner. The monthly bill is mysterious, but it is the only tangible record that people have. Unable to dispute it, there is often mistrust and tension with those involved with providing electricity.
In daily life, the Lebanese have become accustomed to a trial and error way of ensuring their fuses won’t blow (takket el se’a). They consistently operate under the maximum that they are charged per month by the generator owner. As the remainder goes unused, it is common for building facilities such as elevators to be out of order during scheduled power cuts. Team Y3BM and IndyACT are collaborating on Project Nawwaret to introduce enlightened electricity management.
The aim is to start with a small change in everyday homes that can ripple long-term benefits to their communities, the greater system, and the environment. The results show the potential of a simple energy management system for Beruti homes that are subject to everyday limits in power. Increasing understanding of electricity consumption helps people to overcome immediate problems with the bill and takket el se’a. Tackling this first step will also help build a foundation for pooling resources, more transparent relationships, caring about energy-efficiency, and increasing accountability in provision.
Watch video of Noor, the prototype here.
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Desmeem: Design & Energy