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Hanaa Dahy – Materials as a Design Tool

January 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Materials as a Design Tool: A Travel Through Innovative Circular Design Philosophy & Smart Sustainable Building Practices — FULL info here

Speaker: Hanaa Dahy
Associate Professor, Sustainable Design within Innovation & Technology, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, and Director, BioMat + BioMat@Copenhagen

‘Materials as a Design Tool’ is the design philosophy of architect and engineer Hanaa Dahy, whose practice is based on giving alternative renewable resources a second chance and a vital role in the design process. Focused on locally available and sustainable materials, Hanaa Dahy and her BioMat research teams in Stuttgart and Copenhagen take an innovative and carbon-reducing approach to construction by using natural, fiber-based biocomposites and seasonal plant-based materials like straw, flax, and hemp. BioMat’s wide-ranging work includes shell constructions, bridges, furniture, building components, multi-functional integrated sandwich panels, and adaptive façade systems that integrate robotic fabrication, additive manufacturing, and automation technologies.

In this lecture, Dahy will highlight the novel work of BioMat and discuss how smart materials, diverse manufacturing technologies, and the rediscovery of local crafts are providing new ways of understanding the future of sustainable architecture.

Select works by BioMat will be on view in Campbell Hall’s Elmaleh Gallery from January 18–February 3, 2023.

This event is in-person only; it will be recorded and made available on UVA School of Architecture’s Youtube Channel.


January 30, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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