Aston Inspired 2019 ©

OJ KARAN DASOAR

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Co-Design Studio, HU, Utrecht, NL; Design Assistant Katie Eary/Alun Davies Direction; Creative Director (Seasonal) Riyadh SA

Aston Inspired Design Show 2019 Management Department

Aston Design Week Winner; Aston Engineered Medical Device Design Winner (Year 2)

Exploring The Utilisation of Human Hair as a Bio-Additive for Reinforcement of Building Materials

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Gemini

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Final Year Project

HAIR-CRETE: EXPLORATIONS IN THE FUNCTIONAL UTILISATION OF HUMAN HAIR IN SUSTAINABLE CONCRETE APPLICATIONS

The built environment is one of the biggest sources of waste material, with the production of concrete being a significant source of polluting CO2. Human hair was recognised as a functional bio-mechanical fibre, providing reinforcement to concrete, whilst reducing shrinkage, micro cracking and shattering.

The composite material developed, sees human hair being utilised in a block design, which features interlocking surfaces and internal geometries. This reduces overall material utilisation, whilst maintaining functional strength. Building on themes of biophilia and bio-mimicry, the finished material incorporates natural pigment. Done so, in the pursuit of creating future cities made from us, that also visually reflect the diversity in our constitution.

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