MA Material Futures
Central Saint Martins
Blue Gold – World Water Wars examines the implications of a dwindling water supply
Tardigrades can survive extreme temperatures
Underground architecture could provide respite from the heat
Regenerative science explores enhancement of the human body
Water usage increases despite drought conditions in California
Image: The New York Times
Global climate change projections
Trehalose is a naturally-occurring sugar found in a wide variety of organisms including bacteria, fungi, plants and invertebrates. Stable and soluble in water, it could be used to enhance human survival by reducing water loss through skin surfaces.
The second solution makes use of microencapsulation, where the sugar is embedded in textiles and released to the skin over time.
Like the skincare range, varying concentrations and rates of release could be created to fit various requirements.
The project was exhibited in Milan as part of the Material Futures annual showcase, then at The Intelligent Optimist during London Design Festival 2015. It was nominated for the MullenLowe Nova Awards and featured on publications such as LS:N Global, Inhabitat, Protein and Disegno.
These solutions were developed whilst carrying out research on human skin cells at the UCL Centre for Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine.
UCL Centre for Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
under the supervision of Dr. Achala de Mel
Model | Jewel Tai
Makeup | Adama Jatta
Photography | Ben Pendlebury