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AUS professors conduct Green Designers Workshop at Dubai Design Week
The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) and Office of Sustainability at American University of Sharjah (AUS) conducted the Green Designers Workshop as part of Dubai Design Week on November 17. The aim of the workshop was to foster awareness regarding sustainability through the use of recycled materials as the only means for designing and fabricating.
Attendees at the workshop were welcomed by AUS Provost Dr. Susan Karamanian and CAAD Dean Dr. Varkki Pallathucheril. The workshop was taught by Assistant Professors in Architecture Juan Roldán, Camilo Cerro and Daniel Chavez.
During the workshop, the participants worked with scrap wood and plywood, reshaping it into a designed piece of furniture using the facilities and tools of the CAAD Fab-Lab. The scale final furniture prototype was adapted to the allocated time, having a range between full and 1:2 scale.
The workshop had six attendees in total, including design students from India, professional industrial designers from Dubai and AUS alumni. The final pieces were exhibited in the CAAD Gallery, followed by a discussion between participants and guest critics Anna Lambri, Politecnico di Milano, and Yesmeen Ghadeer, industrial designer, who was recently shortlisted in the Italian Way Design competition organized by Downtown Design Dubai 2017.
Commenting on the workshop, Roldán said:
”It’s been an immense pleasure for us, as an institution, to deliver this workshop on furniture prototyping as part of Dubai Design Week. During five hours of intense work, we have all been inmersed in the world of making, designing without pre/conceptions and asking the material - in words of L. Khan- ‘what do you want to be?’”
This is the first time that CAAD has participated in the Dubai Design Week as an educational partner delivering a workshop of this kind.