Good Design Research Kenopy

Good Design Research Kenopy

Explore the design and fabrication processes of Kenopy, a research project that develops biocomposites made from kenaf (also known as Hibiscus cannabinus L, a rapidly grown tropical multipurpose plant) plant fibres. Journey with us as we bring you through the material explorations and accumulated 'techne' behind the project, where progressive iterations and prototyping takes centre stage. This includes interior tiles, transformative tiles, light feature panels and exterior roofing. 

By using renewable plant fibres, the project hopes to play a sustainable part in reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment with this alternative material. 

For the first time in Singapore, kenaf fibre biocomposites are being used as roofing elements for a sustainable pavilion in Singapore in the form of mesh reinforced skylights and roof eave shingles.    

Studio SKLIM has been working with Affordable Abodes to realise Kenopy through shared technical knowledge, agricultural and construction expertise with architectural design thinking. Find out more here


15 July 2022 - 10 August 2022
9.00am - 9.00pm
Admission is free


About Good Design Research

Launched in March 2020 in the middle of a pandemic year, Good Design Research (GDR) underscores the importance of how design backed by deep research can make a true difference by building deep domain knowledge and solving the challenges faced by societies and cities. This initiative empowers designers and design enterprises in Singapore to find their unique value proposition in designing for impact through research and experimentation, supported by a wide network of knowledge partners.

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