It was the largest gathering of international design students and recent graduates, where 145 projects and their creators from 30 countries met for one week.
Curated by Brendan McGetrick, the works are categorized according to three relevant themes - empower, connect, and sustain. Solari was an innovative solution to cook fuel-free, pollution-free in the ‘Sustain’ category .
Bodin took the latest prototypes to the global city of Dubai to introduce Solari cooking to our friends in the UAE. We were awed by the creativity of the projects and met many fellow creators from around the world.
Solari attracted a great number of crowds from students to VIPs and one thing they all say is that Dubai has PLENTY of sun for Solari and that they love to go desert camping (in the winter!). Dubai boasts a record number of sunny days per year and in the summer the weather gets up to 50C (125F).
Dubai is rapidly adopting sustainable practices in architecture. We saw many solar panels and smart buildings and even some ingenious traditional methods (wind tunnels for cooling). There are exciting plans for the new city center with the tallest tower in the world due to open in 2020 along with the World Expo.
The show went on for 6 days and on the morning before we left this amazing city we finally had the chance to take the Solari Cooker out to experience the desert sun.
Thanks to the @GlobalGradShow @DubaiDesignWeek @DubaiDesignDistrict @IED_official @ArtDubai @RoveHotel for making this trip a blast!