Women and Sustainability, at Expo 2020 Dubai
Andreu World and the Spain Pavilion organized a panel discussion focused on Women and Sustainability within the framework of the Women’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Among the speakers, figures such as the designer Patricia Urquiola. An example is the fact that, for the first time in the history of the event, the Universal Exhibition that is held in Dubai until March 30, 2022 has its own pavilion dedicated to Women. For the talk, Andreu World brought together some international voices, through which it was possible to analyze the main issues related to gender, identity, sustainability, design and crafts, and artisanal heritage.
Important figures such as the designer Patricia Urquiola discussed women's challenges in architecture, design, education, crafts and business
The designer Patricia Urquiola highlighted different works in which she had been involved in the development of women and local communities in India or Nepal. Likewise, she spoke of projects such as the Nuez Lounge BIO® lounge chair, developed together with Andreu World. This design represents a step further in sustainability. Its casing is created from a thermopolymer of natural origin, 100% biodegradable and compostable, and its design is manufactured so that the materials that make it up can be easily separated. On her part, Dina Storey, Director of Sustainability at Expo 2020, explained the most notable factors regarding social, economic and environmental sustainability gathered at the Dubai World Expo.
Juan Roldán, professor at the American University of Sharjah College of Architecture, Art, and Design, highlighted the different educational projects and programs that empower Middle Eastern students in the fields of interior design and architecture. Samer Yamani design curator of MENASA – Emirati Design Platform spoke of the important role of women in transmitting the values of crafts and the recovery of materials, as well as their link with design. Lastly, Jesús Llinares, CEO of Andreu World, spoke about the commitment to sustainability and the challenge of being in the circular economy by 2025. The talk was moderated by Lena Marcuccili, director of content at Love that Design.