Precious Plastic is a global community of hundreds of people who are working towards a solution to plastic pollution. The project was initiated by D. Hakkens in 2013 who has shared his knowledge, tools, and techniques online. With this data available for free, the project has been picked up by many people around the world who have built plastic recycling machines and have created small scale impacts in their communities. The NYU Abu Dhabi branch is active in supporting this global project and community, and is very happy to contribute by organising the Precious Plastic WANA Conference at New York University Abu Dhabi.
NYUAD Institute (website) in a series of public events brings people together to experience vitally new ideas and discuss pressing global issues. The Institute presents academic conferences, research workshops, public lectures, conversations with authors and artists, films, and co-sponsors exhibitions in both Abu Dhabi and New York. Find more information about previous events here.
NYU Abu Dhabi, Department of Engineering (website): Engineering at NYUAD is designed to create technological leaders with a global perspective, a broad education, and the capacity to think creatively. A distinctive element of our undergraduate programs lie in the integration of design and innovation in every year of the curriculum: students enjoy a learning environment conducive to creativity, which is at the heart of tomorrow’s technological innovations. Engineering research at NYU Abu Dhabi crosses the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines and encompasses broad interdisciplinary areas that embody key characteristics of our age. The faculty are involved in new and emerging technological fields, such as bioengineering, nanotechnology, microfabrication, smart materials, and cyber security.
The Lab for Narrative Technologies and Spatial Installations (www.ntsi.info) is an interdisciplinary Design Research Lab in the Engineering Department of New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Within NYUAD's Future Cities research cluster, and as part of the Center for Smart Cities, the research focus is on projects in the realm of Experimental Sustainable Designs, Future Technologies, and Social Compositions & Communal Infrastructures. NTSI's Principal Investigator, Felix Beck (Assistant Professor of Practice of Design) envisions systems and spaces, and creates and deploys innovative objects through design and engineering tools. His work has been featured in a range of art and design publications and has gone on to several exhibitions and international design festivals. At NYU Abu Dhabi he leads a team of students that works with different plastic recycling machines, and that are interested in using recycled plastic as a ressource for prototypes, as well as the development of new products.