17 December 2019
The creative initiatives group of the Sustainability Office, in cooperation with the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah and with the support of Bee'ah, organized an art exhibition entitled "Sustainable Masterpieces " with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of sustainability and preserving the environment through recycling.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, attended the opening ceremony along with Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Prof. Nadia M. AlHasni, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design; Dr. Imad Alsyouf, Director of the Sustainability Office; and Prof. Hind Abdul Aziz Al-Huwaidi, Director of Environmental Education at Bee'ah.
During the Exhibition, students of the Department of Interior Design and Architecture, under the supervision of Dr. Eman Ibrahim, presented 16 Masterpieces and interior furniture pieces inspired by the Emirati environment and using local recycled materials. This was with the aim of reviving the Emirati culture and heritage as well as consolidating culture and raising awareness of the importance of sustainability and the importance of recycling for the environment and society. Students drew a unique artistic model of how to benefit from materials, recycle them and transform them into sustainable art pieces, and were inspired by their design ideas from Bee'ah Building, which was designed by Zaha Hadid, and whose engineering design is inspired by the flow lines of the desert and sand dunes in the Emirate of Sharjah according to the latest global friendly technologies for the environment. The students' work varied between chairs, tables, interior partitions, and lighting units inspired by the sand color.
The project took three months, starting with field visits to the headquarters of the Bee'ah and collection of recycled materials, then came the stage of design thought and engineering drawings that follow the international standards for the proportions of interior furniture. The project concluded with the workshop of the College of Fine Arts and Design and identifying the different types of equipment and how to use them to make these artifacts.