Sand: an (in)finite Resource? 2016

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2016 Engineering for Development Summer School
4 - 22 July 2016
TU Delft, The Netherlands

Delfland Sand Engine at the Dutch coast  
Delfland Sand Engine at the Dutch coast

The Engineering for Development (E4D) Summer School 2016 aims to develop an integrated vision to a global challenge of today’s construction industry. The programme revolves around sand, a depleting resource, and the question of how to develop alternative building materials for future cities. Invited experts from around the world will share their knowledge and give insights in their field of research. Participants will not only learn the theoretic background of this resource but experiment with current and future technologies to sand and its alternatives. Through three workshops (i) bio-cementation, (ii) crystallization and (iii) 3D printing, the acquired knowledge will be tested and applied.

The E4D Summer School will take place from 4 - 22 July 2016 at the TU Delft, The Netherlands. It will be composed of 30 graduate students, coming from ETH Zurich, from academic institutions of the IDEA League and from other academic institutions around the world, particularly in developing countries. The master and doctoral students will come from different disciplines related to the topic of “Sand: an (in)finite resource?” such as geologist, architects, engineers, chemists, urban planners, etc.

The Summer School is jointly organised by the Assistant Professor Dirk Hebel (Chair of Architecture and Construction of ETH Zurich) and his team and the TU Delft, The Netherlands.

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