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Engineering Sustainability

Parts of the “Cast & Place” pavilion built by a team of architects, engineers and artists including Hofstra engineering professor Edward Segal and 11 of his students are being displayed at a Manhattan gallery as part of an eco-design exhibit celebrating Earth Day.

Three panels from the project, which won 2017 City of Dreams pavilion competition, are featured in the exhibit called OSMUNDA: (Re)Wild, a three-week experiential lab, exposition, and artist residency focused on “reconnecting the thread between humanity and nature”, according to the gallery website.

The exhibit began April 18 and runs through May 6. It can be seen at Gallery 151, located at 246 West 14 Street in Manhattan.

The panels were created by first pouring wet clay into shallow wooden trays. The clay then dried and   formed a network of cracks. This dried clay was transferred into a metal tray mold and melted aluminum was poured into the mold.  When the aluminum cooled and hardened, the clay was washed away leaving a strong yet delicate lattice of aluminum which was used to create the walls and roof of the pavilion.

The City of Dreams competition challenged architects and designers to envision and create architecture out of materials that will have as little impact on the environment as possible.  Cast & Place, which was one of more than 100 submissions, proposed building a pavilion on Governor’s Island by creating architectural panels out of five tons of dried clay and thousands of pounds of melted aluminum. The pavilion was originally displayed on Governor’s Island during the summer of 2017.

OSMUNDA’s aim is to showcase biophilic art, technology, workshops, and grassroots projects in an effort to activate New Yorkers to adopt sustainable practices. For more information and exhibit dates and times, visit http://www.gallery151.com/portfolio/osmunda-rewild/.

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