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AUK Participates in the UN World Habitat Day

 

The American University of Kuwait participated in the UN World Cities Day, held during November on the premises of the Yarmouk Eco-Friendly Park. World Cities Day is an initiative created by UN-Habitat an agency under the United Nations that encourages cities and towns to evaluate themselves and what they have to offer their communities. The AUK delegation was led by Professor William Andersen from the Department of Art and Graphic Design (GDES) and Dr. Detlef Hummes of the Department of Computer Engineering.

Hesah Al-Jenfawi an AUK students from the department of Computer Engineering at AUK showcased a poster about urban e-mobility and how the method can be applied in the computer engineering context. It presented the conclusion of all term papers that were created during Dr. Hummes' spring course, 'Environmental Aspects of Energy.'

"It was very impressive, that even in an oil producing country can utilize the use of alternative resources which is more economic in the long-term," stated Dr. Hummes.

Students from the Department of Graphic Design showed their support of this initiative by setting a variety of display's composed entirely of artwork created by using recycled and reused materials to help convey the message behind the initiative during the two day celebration. The showcased artwork had been created in the Art courses taught by Professor Andersen and Dr. George Bauer.

Aya Kandil, a junior Graphic Design major planning to graduate in spring 2016, was one of the students who lent their talents to the cause. She designed the posters for the exhibition and assisted the students in displaying their works.

"I had a good chance to present and produce a poster for such an important event which will make a difference in my portfolio. This experience also allowed me to observe and understand the public perception about both, the event and the projects. I hope to see AUK's presence there every year," said, Aya Kandil.

Moustafa El Khashab, a recent graduate in Graphic Design, created a car and a motorcycle made from discarded household and hardware items to promote and reuse recycling awareness since this experience strengthened his belief that items and materials are not being used to their full potential and can be repurposed instead of discarded.

"Man has always consumed what's around him leaving behind a trail of used materials and items. This world was created in a way where nothing goes to waste and everything is always recycled into a new form of greater value. In order for the future generations not to drown in waste created in the past we should take action to reuse and recycle old items and materials into new and more valuable items that have a positive effect on our quality of life," highlighted El Khashab.

Ms. Al-Radhi UN-Habitat's Programme Communication and Advocacy Associate, ended by saying, "Part of UN-Habitat's pillars is to include involving communities into civic engagement initiatives to allow residents to give back and have a say, to how they continuously would like to up-lift their stable communities towards sustainable urban developments."

She concluded that this celebration aims to educate communities around Kuwait of how they can empower their districts to plan for future change that are adaptable for residents of their communities.

The World Habitat Day was established in 1985 and has been celebrated annually, at different scales, across the globe each October since. Each year a theme is assigned to mark the day, and in 2014, the theme was Leading Urban Transformation. The event was organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Program-Habitat and sponsored by Ooreedoo Kuwait, and the Kuwait Capital Governorate. The Yarmouk Eco-Friendly Park is located in Block 2 in Al-Yarmouk residential area, and it is entirely furnished by using recycled and repurposed items.




AUK Engineering Student Hesah Al-Jenfawi with Dr. Detlef Hummes, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering


GDES Student, Aya Kandil


Nada M Al-Kharashi, AUK Sophomore GDES Student, with her armor made from soda cans


AUK Alumnus Moustafa El Khashab


Dr. Detlef Hummes explaining the project to Mr Jorik Kuipers from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kuwait


Ms. Al-Radhi UN-Habitat's Programme Communication and Advocacy Associate


From left , Aya Kandil; Moustafa El Khashab; Dr. Detlef Hummes; and Hesah Al-Jenfawi


Professor William Andersen with the Student participants

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 17th December 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014



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