Design meets Alginate: Synergy of alginate and natural fibres

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The embodied carbon emissions from building materials and construction are today responsible for 38% of annual GHG emissions in the current global environment. If we are to reach the European energy plan with net-zero emissions by 2050, now is the time to rethink our construction principles, as well as building elements and materials. One of the possible steps to achieve this goal is to explore new solutions using regional sources and sustainable raw materials. In our research, we use alginate to see if we can substitute conventional building elements with others based on this sustainable material, whose potential in architecture is so far unrevealed. Alginate, which is found in brown algae cell walls, is an irreversibly hardening elastic moldable material, i.e. once hardened, its form can neither be changed nor converted back into an original state. Through a five-day workshop, students of material engineering, architecture and design had the opportunity to explore the possibilities of using alginate composites as building materials through a series of experiments. Taking into account the tendencies of the natural behaviour of macroalgae (from which alginate is obtained), but also experimenting through the synergy of alginates and different types of natural fibres (cellulose, mineral and protein), elements with the different designs were obtained. The results of the workshop were presented at the Museum of Science and Technology in Belgrade from, February, 25 - 3, March 2022.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2022
EventFoE Advanced Materials Science
- Austria, Graz, Austria
Duration: 22 Apr 202222 Apr 2022


ConferenceFoE Advanced Materials Science
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