über Faidra Oikonomopoulou & Telesilla Bristogianni

Architects and engineers Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni are conducting research at TU Delft on structural applications of cast glass. They were involved in the development of the glass facade of the Crystal House in Amsterdam, for which they received the 2016 Innovation Award from the Society of Façade Engineering, among others. As part of the Re3 Glass project, they developed a reversible system using recycled cast glass components. The project was nominated for the New Material Award 2018 and the STARTS Prize 2020 and exhibited at Venice Design 2018, Dutch Design Week 2018, Milan Design Week 2019, and at Vitra Schaudepot.

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Michel Melenhorst worked as an architect for Wiel Arets and Rem Koolhaas OMA before starting his own practice, M. In 2005 he became a partner at DAAD Architects, until 2012 when he moved to Detmold to take over the chair of Contextual Design, at the TH Ostwestfalen-Lippe. Michel Melenhorst has extensive experience in teaching, speaking, research, and design, and as a publicist. Parallel to his academic position, Melenhorst co-founded the FM office with partner Angelika Fuchs. Since 2016 he has led the EU-funded project “RMB, reuse of Modernist Buildings”.

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Students of architecture at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences are developing a walk-in sculpture made of recycled glass elements for the outdoor area of the Gernheim Glassworks. Considerations of sustainability, circular economy, and digitalization are incorporated into the design of the Transparent Things project. Providing guidance are Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni (TU Delft), who have developed Re3 Glass, a new generation of recycled and reusable cast glass components for building.

Glass recycling is a multi-step process that is becoming increasingly important in times of resource scarcity. Faidra Oikonomopoulou and Telesilla Bristogianni have set themselves the task of developing usable elements for architectural applications. The students of TH OWL, under the direction of Prof. Michel Melenhorst, are adopting the methods of the two scientists. The Transparent Things project incorporates play with the texture of the material as well as experimentation with glass recycling processes and the specificity of the site.

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