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Rethinking algae for design


Thursday 6 February 2020
6.30 — 8pm

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Algae Platform

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Algae has far more design potential than you might think. Join us for a panel discussion on the possibilities of algae in architecture.

Atelier Luma launched the Algae Platform in 2016 to research the potential of algae grown in different locations around the world as an alternative bio-sourced material for design. London is an unique environment for this research, which allows us to look at algae as a sustainable resource available in both natural, urban, and industrial landscapes. Following iterations in Arles, Cairo, Istanbul and Milan, the Royal Academy’s Architecture Studio is now transformed into a laboratory to explore the different types of algae grown in London its applications for architecture.

Marking the close of the project Algae Platform [London] in the Architecture Studio, led by designer Samuel Iliffe, we will bring together a panel of architects and designers to explore the potential uses of algae as an alternative bio-material for architecture and design. After presenting short introductions to their work, the speakers will engage with the variety of uses and challenges that algae as a material unlocks and discuss its benefits as a local, biodegradable, and sustainable resource.

At the end of the discussion, the panel will also take questions from the audience.

Algae Platform [London] is organised in partnership with Atelier Luma, the design research programme of Luma Arles.


Samuel Iliffe is a material designer trained at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, designer-in-residence of Algae Platform [London] at the Royal Academy of Arts and founder of Aromavert.

Jan Boelen (chair) is the Artistic Director of Atelier LUMA and Rector at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt and curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.

Additional speakers to be announced.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Thursday 6 February 2020

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9

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