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Sharjah Architecture Triennial to launch recycled materials programme this October

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The new fall programme by Sharjah Architecture Triennial dives into applications of recycled material in architecture and construction.

Sharjah Architecture Triennial will be launching its new programme, SAT Talks: Re-materialise, in October this year. The programme focuses on recycled materials, and how these alternatives stack up against toxic and unsustainable materials in architecture and construction.

Delving into an “environmentally- informed approach to design and architecture,” Re-materialise focuses on the production of three regionally-accessible recycled materials. It also discusses challenges and opportunities in this space, their social and environmental impact, and introducing sustainable practices in design and architecture.

RE-MATERIALISE TO BE LAUNCHED WITH VIDEO SERIES ON RECYCLED MATERIALS

The programme will be launched with a series of videos featuring local players in the recycled materials space. Through interviews, they aim to demonstrate how circular economy solutions can help to address current waste management issues for the construction industry both in the UAE and the wider MENASA region.

Featured interviewees include environmental engineer Ziad Abi Chaker, who recycles materials collected both in his town of Beit Mery and other areas of Lebanon, chemist and founder of Steel Wood Ghassan Afiouni, who makes boards of recycled wood collected in the UAE, and Dr. Nicolas Calvet, a physicist, engineer and founder of Seramic lab, which is working on ceramic tiles made from recycled materials.

Fashion designer and Founder of Outsider Fashion Noorin Khamisani, and architect and Co-Founder of Nyxo, Mirko Daneluzzo, will also be joining the series as interlocutors. Both Khamisani and Daneluzzo are lecturers at the Dubai Institute for Design and Innovation.

They will be joining a discussion on the potential of recycled materials to provide new opportunities for designers and architects at introducing ethical and sustainable changes in architecture. 

SHARJAH ARCHITECTURE TRIENNIAL WAS INAUGRATED IN 2019

The inaugural session of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial was held across three months starting from November 2019. It was conceptualised to be the first major platform on architecture and urbanisation in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) region.

The initiative was founded under the Sharjah Urban Planning Council and backed by the Sharjah government.

The first edition was curated by Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art London. It followed the theme of ‘Rights of Future Generations’. The theme aimed to “rethink fundamental questions about architecture and its power to create and sustain alternative modes of existence,” an earlier statement from the Sharjah Architecture Triennial said.

 

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