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Local Bio-based Materials Course

Course by Copenhagen’s NATURAL MATERIAL STUDIO (Founded by Bonnie Hvillum) in collaboration with Through Objects. This is a long research-based course (2 months) that includes the theoretical and practical foundations to carry out a well-founded project focused on local biomaterials. The first half of the course will be dedicated to biopolymers and biocomposites, with four sessions focused on practical experiments on biomaterials. Part of the sessions will be focused on group discussion of results where we will learn from each other’s work and experiments. The main objective of this course is to provide you with the right knowledge and tools about biomaterials and the support you need to start your own investigation. Note that this is a theoretical-practical course. Students should be committed to taking some time outside the classroom to produce materials, experiment with recipes, research, and develop their projects.

DETAILS: 2 Months | Intro session (1:30h) + 8 sessions (3:00h) | All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants | Course completion certificate given by Bonnie Hvillum, course mentor | 620€ (VAT incl. / Exemption for educational events).

Course Program


Introduction (Rita Trindade and Bonnie Hvillum): In this Intro Session we will all introduce ourselves and have an overview of the course and needed materials.
Date: February 20, 2023



Biomaterials Essentials – BioPlastics: In these first sessions, we will be focusing on understanding the different types of biopolymers, plasticizers, and solvents within bioplastics. This will be the center point of our work with biomaterials. They will be technical and reflective, finishing with exercises for the coming weeks. Date: February 22 and March 1, 2023


Biomaterials Essentials – BioComposites: With our learning points from sessions 1 and 2, we will dive deep into a technical understanding of the composite definition and use it to learn how we can create biocomposites. These sessions will be technical with experimental homework exercises for the coming weeks. Date: March 8 and 15, 2023



Methodology Toolkit: Based on the technical and experimental learnings with bioplastics and bio-composites, we can now start to analyze and understand the properties as well as qualities of the materials we have designed. We will focus on the methodology behind the material-driven design (MDD) and learn how we can apply that to your biomaterials (Mood Board Project Template). Date: March 29, 2023


Project applied to your working field: Based on your material designs and your gained in-depth understanding, we can now accelerate your own individual design projects. We will discover your unique position based on your background and working field, and how these new materials could be used in that context. Date: April 5, 2023



Feedback & further development: This session will be focused on individual and group exercises, as well as a reflective talk to set your testing points for the coming week. Date: April 19, 2023



Presentation & Discussion.
Date: April 26, 2023

OFFSET by Natural Material Studio. Photography Ananda Ferreira

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