Saturday, October 22, 2011

View highlights of the Material Lab workshop with Ginger Dosier
By Manipal Dubai TV

Ginger Krieg Dosier, assistant professor at American University of Sharjah and co-founder of Verge Labs conducted an INDEX 2011 workshop highlighting how reusing recycled materials has made it more efficient for the environment.

The workshop educated students and guests on detailed mechanism of using Scanning Electronic Microscope (SEM) through which one can research in-depth about different types of material that can be combined to grow more of the desired material.
During the speaker’s research, Dosier had experimented on how to form a brick by using microorganisms, water and sand.

Attendees gathered from different universities also participated in an experiment that aimed to show how easy it is to recycle and reuse materials. Students were divided into three flexible groups to work in a make-shift laboratory, which enabled them to experiment using unconventional material and content in specific areas such as phase change, insulations and nano-technology. This illustrated how choosing the right design materials such as location, climate, availability, skills and applying sustainable materials could lead to lesser pollution and efficient use of energy. 

Report by Fatema Khoka