The goal of this exhibition is to use Ph.D. research with the aim of educate our community towards carbon negative materials, raising awareness about our collective future. A Playhouse as symbol of our children’s future in a planet that screams for regenerative practices and carbon neutral policies. Our children interacting with our built model as active participants of our world. Creating a conceptual idea of a future safe space where generations can co.Exist.
Architect, researcher and Ph.D. candidate at University of Iceland, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Neuza has been developing research and prototypes in carbon negative materials such mycelium blocks. Exploring carbon mitigation and climate adaptation pathways, through LCA and built environment analysis, with her Ph.D. Neuza aims to contribute to the radical low carbon transformation of the built environment through utilisation of natural building materials. Adapt &Evolve exhibition aims to shine a light at future climate sustainable cities by integrating carbon negative materials in Architecture. Currently the built environment is a huge source of emissions, due to the synthetic materials highly used in Architecture but can also be a sink, if designed at that. Materials commonly used in everyday life construction, such as concrete, steel, glass and aluminium should be addressed regarding their high emissions intensities. Based on global evidence, we see that the tendency within the urban development does not reduce environmental burdens, but rather increase them. Iceland is no exception. This exhibition aims to open a dialogue about material and resources, since we need to adjust our resources in order to keep our climate goal of 1,5 degrees Celsius realistic. Building a low carbon society, means investigating and investing in different materials and techniques, in order to protect our resources of a possible over use problem and soil depletion. The current knowledge about environmentally sustainable urban settlements is very limited, and this fact leads to inefficients policies and not practical strategies, regarding the planning of our cities and their human use. Finding ways to build without making it less liveable for future generations is a social responsibility. Climate change is one of the core areas that we are very close to exceed the carrying capacity of our planet. This exhibition will create an opportunity to educate and learn together, educating the public in a curious and fun way, about solutions towards our collective future, environmental impacts and a much needed, paradigm shift. We aim to create an exhibition that offers a space for learning and sharing new ideas by exploring regenerative ways of adapting to climate change. In display we will have a Playhouse, samples of mycelium blocks and biochar. The public can interact and see the different textures. A video will also be in display. We are excited to share our new ideas with you!