Today’s renewed interest in materiality and materialization in design is fueled by the rapidly-advancing field of materials engineering combined with an urgency to build more sustainably and efficiently. The designer’s role in material choice, material design, and material critique is more and more relevant, demanding integration with emerging cutting-edge digital design and fabrication environments.
The workshop introduced design research through the lenses of matter and material systems. Specifically, students inquired on a selection of proposed materials, learned their associated scientific research, distilled interesting properties and fabrication methods, and proposed new or renewed functions applied across scales to the human body, everyday products, or the architectural realm.
The work presented here aims at responding to:
- How material exploration is changing the practice of design?
- What can designers do to derive designs informed by materialization?
Faculty: Laia Mogas Soldevila, Architect Tufts & MIT
Jorge Duro Royo, PhD Architect & Engineer MIT
Students of the Master's Degree in Industrial Design Engineering