Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation and The New Raw Research & Design studio and the  present Second Nature, an innovative Research & Design which aims to propose solutions to enironmental issuses with the aid of 3D printing technology.

Second Nature re-imagines an ecosystem where marine plastic is the raw material for a new economy that uses technological and cultural innovation to bring about social change. The potentials of this new logic can be explored through innovative projects, such as developing a collection of digitally crafted seashells and objects, made from locally sourced ghost nets and produced with digital design and fabrication technologies.

The Symposium “Second Nature. Marine Plastic Waste – Blue & Circular Economy – New Technologies” will take place on Thursday 24 May and will host distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad, scientists and experts on environmental issues, circular economy and technology.  The Symposium will be held at the Historical Library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation (2nd Merarchias 36, Piraeus) and the attendance is by registration only here.

During the Symposium it will occur the first screening of the short documentary “Second Nature”, filmed by Academy Award Nominee Daphne Matziaraki.

The exhibition “Second Nature – A New Life” will be inaugurated the same evening, where will be presented the seashell collection – a symbol of marine beauty and cleanness – as well as a series of colourful tableware and furniture that raise awareness for sustainability and connect its users to this major environmental problem through their narrative. These products are all digitally crafted from upcycled marine plastic with 3D printing. In this manner, a second life is given to previously dumped plastic, offering a sustainable solution . The exhibition will remain open until 10 June 2018.

Primary school students will have the opportunity to get familiar with 3D printing technology on Friday 25 May. With the help of the architects who run the New Raw Research & Design studio based in Rotterdam, Panos Sakkas and Fotini Setaki, the children will be informed about the marine pollution caused by the ghost nets and their transformation to thread for 3D printers. On Saturday 26 May, the Historical Library’s garden will be open to visitors of all ages and New Raw team will introduce them to circular economy and 3D printing.

Find more about the Second Nature initiative here.

“Second Nature – A New Life” exhibition

25 May – 10 June

Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, 2nd Merarchias 36 & Aktis Moutsopoulou, Piraeus

Opening hours: Monday – Friday  10.00-20.00

  Saturday  10.00-14.00

* The exhibition will remain closed on Monday 28 May

Tel.: +30 216 9003700


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