In 2014, the war in Benghazi caused many Libyans to flee their country and seek refuge elsewhere. One of Lasafer's former students, Ali Alabeedi, is of both Libyan and Polish descent. He moved to Poland to complete his studies in architecture. During the last year of Ali's program, Lasafer received an official request from the Warsaw University of Technology, where Ali was studying, to supervise him for all stages of his graduation project. The selection as his supervisor, as per Ali's preference, was favorably accepted by his committee, particularly due to the pertinent expertise and familiarity with the project's subject matter - a cultural center in Benghazi.
Throughout the Fall 2021 and Spring 2021 terms, Lasafer remotely supervised Ali over two semesters. The weekly meetings took place on a variety of platforms. They primarily used Zoom for discussions, strategizing, reviewing progress, and providing advice. Miro was the platform of choice for tasks such as data collection, sketching, and diagramming due to its live synchronization capabilities and ability to integrate with over 20 other platforms. To broaden the resource pool, they also linked up with several professionals in Libya who provided them with valuable information and materials. Ultimately, Ali completed his graduate project and program with excellent grades, which opened the door for him to further his education. The university, recognizing his potential, offered him a position to continue studying in their master's program.
Ali's concept came from the Pentapolis, a term refers to the eastern part of Libya that was known in history as Cyrenaica and is now Barqah. In Greek, Pentapolis means "five cities," which are:
1. Hesperides/Berenice (now Benghazi): A well-known ancient Greek/Roman port and trade center.
2. Cyrene (now Shahat): The oldest and most important of the five cities, renowned for its Temples of Apollo and Zeus. It was a significant and intellectual cultural center, home to many philosophers.
3. Apollonia (now Susah): An ancient port of Cyrene. The city is home to art, theaters, and religious sites.
4. Ptolemais (now Tolmeita): The city was once the capital of Cyrenaica. It had a significant position in ancient history.
5. Tauchira (now Tocra): A notable ancient port city. Its ruins feature an impressive acropolis, theaters, and Byzantine churches.