Recycling buildings for housing

The Norman Foster Foundation (NFF) held a Re-materialising Workshop through its education and research unit, whereby ten scholars were selected and given grants to attend this worldwideworkshop. Elao Martin, a PhD student and Staff Development Fellowat NUST’s Architecture and Spatial Planning Department, was one out of ten scholars selected to attend a workshop in Madrid, Spain last year

Elao Martin, A PhD student and Staff Development Fellow at NUST presenting to a panel of Architectural Researchers in Spain.The key concept explored during this workshop was the idea of creating circular economies around the production of buildings for housing by emphasising sustainability. “We want to create dignified living spaces for various demographics by reusing materials we build and design with. Furthermore, we also looked at methods of designing and constructing buildings to be taken apart and reused again,” Martin explained.

The Norman Foster Foundation is a multidisciplinary academic and research body founded by British Architect, Lord Norman Foster and Partners. Part of the workshop activities included scholars to present an urban leftover in their hometown and to respond with a design proposition for projects in Mumbai, Boston and San Francisco (Argentina).

“These educational programmes brought together students and leading experts from diverse fields to formulate collaborative projects in response to the most pressing issues surrounding the future of the environment and human shelter,” Norman Foster, President of the Norman Foster Foundation said.

Through the workshop, the experience and resources gained by scholars can feed back directly into their professional and academic work, allowing them to explore more advanced and sustainable ideas throughout their designing and realisation processes.

Date: 
Monday, February 7, 2022
for Month: 
February, 2022

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