Since december 2016 Hellen lectures at University Saarbrücken in the field of Contemporary Bionic Design. From April 2018 she will also be starting an
interdisciplinary project with students of Product Design, Brand Strategy and Design Management at the Design Academy in Hanau.
The latest project Eco-Coral with her students of the University Saarbrücken was supported by Villeroy&Boch and Festo. The works were presented at the Biodesign Challenge 2017 Summit at Museum of Modern Art and exhibited at School of Visual Arts in New York City in June 2017.
Eco-Coral is a technology-driven and strongly network-oriented research project.
As a scalable alternative to vanishing coral reefs, the students modified a 3D-printer to create dead lime stone corals – which when settled on sea beds, offer nutrients and form a new habitat for marine flora and fauna and marine microorganisms by using natural materials.
Project by for
Exhibited at &
LECTURESHIP: Univ. of Applied Sciences Saar
STUDENTS: Patricia Groß, Sarah Modery, Maria Masy-Mörsdorf, Manuel Oexle, Abdurrahman Yilmaz
PROJECT LEAD: Hellen Westerhof
SPONSORS: Villeroy&Boch, Festo, BLN
EXHIBITED: Museum of Modern Art New York, School of Visual Arts New York
PRESS: MoMA New York, Gen Space New York