The London-based Royal College of Art (RCA) will be unveiling three projects featuring some of the world’s most innovative new technologies at the upcoming Downtown Design in Dubai.
The RCA has produced many of the best-known contemporary names across multiple disciplines including Sir James Dyson, Tracey Emin and David Hockney.
It has chosen Downtown Design to premiere three projects in the region: Silk Leaf, Stay Plastic and Gravity Sketch.
The college’s head of interior design, Ab Rogers, will be one of the headline speakers at Downtown Design’s talk series program that will run alongside the exhibition.
“We are experiencing the integration of technology with design to produce breakthroughs which have far-reaching applications,” he said. In my field, for example, interior design influences and communicates with the architectural exterior of space in a way that is far more meaningful than ever before.”
Made from an innovative synthetic leaf, Silk Leaf mimics the natural process of photosynthesis, producing oxygen when provided with light and water –just as a natural leaf would.
This technology enables breakthroughs in areas such as the purification of the air in urban environments and the generation of oxygen in spaceships.
Gravity Sketch is a device that uses augmented reality to provide designers and architects with an extraordinary tool that allows them to view their drawing in 3D.
Redefining the traditional process of designing a building, the tool allows drawings to be transformed and amplified with volume, which can be seen through a pair of augmented reality glasses.
Using emerging techniques in 3D printing, the third project, Stay Plastic, investigates an architecture completely built from recycled plastic and has produced a prototype housing project made from 100% recycled plastic. The project study also includes a transformation of the Eastern Riverside Recycling Centre on the banks of the River Thames, in London.
Besides opening new horizons in the way we view the architectural process, Stay Plastic offers an alternative solution for recycling the plastic waste that contaminates 88% of the ocean’s surface.