CREATIVES FOR OUR FUTURE
SWAROVSKI FOUNDATION INSTITUTE
YARA MOHAMED EWIDA
Yara Mohamed is an Architect. She received her bachelor degree in architecture with first class honors from MSA University in Egypt, in 2019. During her studies, she participated in several national and international workshops and competitions taking place in Egypt, Turkey, Greece and United Kingdom. Working on a range of topics such as heritage revival, urban regeneration, sustainable design, and smart technological design solutions.
“My goal is to eliminate the use of non-renewable sources of energy and reduce the use of materials with high value of carbon emissions”
Yara has co-organized several workshops discussing the idea of “spatial prophylaxis” in architectural and urban design after the spread of the pandemic. She also organizes workshops for teaching origami techniques for model making. Currently, she is a Master’s degree candidate in Bio-digital Architecture at UIC University in Barcelona, which tackles the idea of Bio-learning and studying the integration of both design and function, applying this idea in different kind of architectural and urban projects.
Since she learned the ugly truth of how architecture is damaging the natural world, she aims to create a type of synergetic architecture for both humans and nature using coral reefs. The Creatives for Our Future program allowed her to develop Bio-Rock tiles for growing coral which can become a marine habitat and restore bio-diverse ecosystems under water.
SBoom project is a bioreactor that provides a sustainable self-sufficient system of bioelectricity and bio-nutrients. The project is done in two parallel processes. The first process was culturing the Spirulina and designing a basic prototype for the bioreactor to test the energy generation from Spirulina. The second process is developing the concept design algorithm for the bioreactor based on studying the growth and the reproduction behavior of the Spirulina algae. Which is the full-grown cell breaks down into smaller cells, each grow again and splits and the cycle continue. This growth morphology could be hypothetically translated into branching form that emerges from the parent cell and inspiring the final form for the SBooM Products. The form and function coupling based on bio learning, emerges a new method for creating sustainable bio-based energy, nutrients and materials that could be implemented on various scales and products.
Yara's own vision of sustainability is to be self-sufficient in terms of depending on natural resource for production of mainly energy and food.
Adapting with the rapid changes that happens in the world from climatic and environmental changes and emergent situations like the world spread of the pandemic that was like a wakeup call for the world of the importance of relaying on nature and sustainable resources for different aspects ecological, environmental, economic and also psychological aspects.
The main goal in Yara's work is to eliminate the use of non-renewable sources of energy and reduce the use of materials with high value of carbon emissions instead using natural sources of energy and natural materials that will have no harm on the land ecology and helps to mitigate the climatic changes.
Then taking the project one-step further by reaching the level of self-sufficiency in terms producing its own energy and in some cases when using natural organisms producing food or some type of nutrients. Then higher the level in complexity of the design to adapt the main concept to be applicable across different scales in terms of architecture and urban scale. One more step she wishes to achieve in the future is to find an identity for the design that reflects culture, traditions and heritage of the location area where the project will be applied in respect to the environmental ecology that area have.