Sand: An (in)Finite Resource?
Asst Prof Dirk Hebel and team ran the Engineering for Development Summer School at TU Delft on sand, prompting students to rethink sand as a building materials and its alternatives.
The Engineering for Development (E4D) Summer School 2016 put the spotlight on sand, a depleting resource, and the question of how to develop alternative building materials for future cities. It was aimed at developing an integrated vision to a global challenge of today’s construction industry.
The E4D Summer School brought together 26 graduate students from ETH Zurich, TU Delft, National University of Singapore, academic institutions of the IDEA League and other academic institutions around the world. The master and doctoral students from different disciplines - including geology, architecture, engineering, chemistry and urban planning - and 12 countries converged on the topic of sand.
Participants not only learnt the theoretic background of this resource but experimented with current and future technologies to sand and its alternatives through three workshops (i) bio-cementation, (ii) crystallization and (iii) 3D printing.
The Summer School, which took place during 4 - 22 July 2016, was organised by Assistant Professor Dirk Hebel, principal investigator of the Alternative Construction Materials project at FCL, and his team, together with TU Delft, in The Netherlands. It was coordinated by Aurel Von Ricthofen.