donderdag 23 november 2006

Composites on Tour

Gisterenavond woonde ik de opening bij van de tentoonstelling Xtra Strong/Light: Composites in de Campusbibliotheek Arenberg. Deze tentoonstelling kadert in de Europese Wetenschapsweek en kadert in het bredere Composites-On-Tour project. De tentoonstelling bestaat uit 2 delen: in een eerste wetenschappelijk deel wordt een beetje in Technopolis stijl de bezoeker uitleg gegeven over wat composietmaterialen precies zijn, en welke toepassingen ze hebben. In een tweede deel worden werken van designers getoond die met deze materialen aan de slag zijn gegaan. Er zijn o.a. stukken te zien van Wyers&Borms, Clem van Himbeeck en Ron Arad.

Na een openingsspeech van prof. Ignace Verpoest en Vice-rector prof. Karen Maex werd de tentoonstelling officieel geopend. Het was zeker de moeite waard om de kennis over composietmaterialen terug eens wat op te frissen en met de werken van de designers kennis te maken. Naar goede gewoonte aan de K.U.Leuven werd het geheel afgesloten met een receptie ;-)

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Antoine Van Loocke zei

International Composites Design Competition
Xtra Strong/Light_Composites
3 - 30 September 2007
The Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO) / Architecture Museum of Ljubljana, Fužine Castle
The exhibition will be comprised of the work of the two winners of the competition, along with another twenty selected entries and a small number of items suggested by the jury. The exhibition will also include the scientific section of the Xtra Strong/Light_Composites exhibition (KU Leuven) that explains how research and development in the field of composites influences everyday life.
The exhibition was presented in Brussels, Paris, Barcelona and Budapest, and it travels from Ljubljana to Eindhoven. It is accompanied by a catalogue to explain and illustrate the entries.
The exhibition will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 18. p.m. No admission.
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The project was conceived and is supervised by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and by Design Flanders (Belgium). It has partners in five other European Countries: the Hungarian Design Council and Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), the Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO, Slovenia), Group JEC (Journals and Exhibitions on Composites, France), the Barcelona Design Centre (BCD, Spain) and Design Platform Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
The aim of Composites-on-Tour, funded by the European Commission as part of their 'Science and Society' programme, is to confront the general public with the question of whether and how science can change their daily life. Composite materials (=fibre reinforced plastics) will serve as the example of a recent, research based innovation that has strongly shaped and influenced our living environment. The science behind composites will be explained in an attractive and diverse way, and the growing interest of the general public in design and "life style" will be used as an additional "entrance gate" to scientific innovations.
Composite materials are no longer exclusively used for high-tech applications in aviation and space travel; they are also eminently suitable for everyday objects. Thanks to their unique properties (lightness, strength and rigidity), they are much favoured among designers. In addition, they make great savings in costs and energy, both in their manufacture and in their use. Depending on the types of composites used, they offer a high degree of freedom of form and texture, aspects which are appreciated above all by designers.

The International Composites Design Competition salutes designs in which composite materials have been used to the best effect and in an intelligent and innovative manner. The competition was open to professional designers from all over the world: individual designers, design agencies and corporate designers. The entries were divided into two categories. The first category comprises products that were brought to market since 1 January 2003. The second category comprises experimental yet production-feasible prototypes.
The 69 entries submitted by 55 participants from 17 countries were judged by an international jury, presided by Johan Valcke, Director of Design Flanders. The jury was composed of the following members: Ron Arad, Adriaan Beukers, Ignazio Crivelli-Visconti, Jure Miklavc, Carmen Rubio Palau, Philippe Picaud, Hans Robertus, Ignaas Verpoest, József Zalavári. The winner of each category received ? 7,500.
Nominations International Composites Design Competition:Alessandro Belli (Italy) The Minimal Vehicle
oris Berlin en Poul Christiansen (Denmark) Big Bench
Eric Chamboulive (France) Coffee Rendez-vous, koffietafel
Sébastien Dubois (Canada) Mobility for each one
Thomas Dupont en Pierre Martin (France) Carbon hubs
Frans Hegge (Belgium) Emergency Housing
Paul Loury (France) Foldable Helmet
Sergio Mahler en George Papadogiannis (Spain) Cima Ladder
Dirk Meylaerts (Belgium) Fashion Chair
Frédéric Michel (France) Body Protective Apparel
Michal Mihal'ak (Slovakia) DogSledge
Gabor Nadasi (Hungary) Bicycle Bar End
Damian O' Sullivan (The Netherlands) Carbon Fibre Eye Patch
Bertjan Pot en Marcel Wanders (The Netherlands) Carbon Chair
Mark Endre Seljan (Hungary) Bicycle Frameset
Jan Sondergaard (Denmark) Translucent Window
Maxime Szyf (Belgium) X'Lite
Antoine Van Loocke (Belgium) Space Age

Jaka Verbic in Žiga Culiberg (Slovenia) D light
Peter Van Riet (Belgium) Beyondsnow
Mariano Vozzi (Sweden) Contrast
Jun-ichi Yanagihara (Japan) Optical non-contact RD image scanning camera