BA Candidate - Ecological Design and Biomimetic Art: The Synthesis of a Collaborative Commons
Mamoun began his journey at Gallatin with a desire to bring together his interests in the creation of floating garden cities, the growth of biomaterials from living tissue, and the cultivation of medicinal mushrooms. Before attending Gallatin, he built and tested several projects, from a manned passive solar hot air balloon to hats made from mushroom mycelium. The interdisciplinary environment of Gallatin seemed like the perfect place for him to weave his diverse passions into a bio-futuristic narrative, an answer to the consumerism and ecocide of the Anthropocene.
At Gallatin, Mamoun received a grant from the Horn Family Fund for Environmental Research that supported a study about how to employ native seaweeds for aquatic phytoremediation, the use of living plants to clean contaminated water. This project was informed by his experience in Mohammed Arefin’s “The Sanitary City: The Sanitary City: Waste, Infrastructure, and Urban Development” and Elizabeth Henaff’s Micro Environment Research Lab at NYU Tandon. Mamoun also had the opportunity to work with Gallatin professor Mitchell Joachim at his nonprofit, TerreformONE, to help create Monarch butterfly way stations for urban areas.
In the fall of 2019, Mamoun will take graduate-level classes at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering that he hopes to connect to the theoretical framework provided by Gallatin professor Karen Holmberg in “Anthropocene Narratives.” He will continue to work at TerreformONE, build a second manned passive solar hot air balloon, and plant arborsculpture structures with elementary students at the Hayground School on eastern Long Island.