Performative Materials in Architecture and Design

Edited by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel

Edited by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

275 pages | 100 color plates, 100 halftones | 7 x 9
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841506494 Published August 2013
Performative Materials in Architecture and Design addresses the convergence of several significant and fundamental advancements in the ways that materials and environments are designed, evaluated, and experienced within architecture and related disciplines. The emergence of experimental and ultra-performing materials, interactive processing systems, and digital design and fabrication techniques has established an interconnected network of technological inputs that has stimulated the development of materials, assemblies, and systems with performative properties. Providing an overview of representative design projects and relevant theories, this volume illuminates both the interaction of these technologies and the role of materiality in research, design, and practice.
Contents

Foreword, by Philip Beesley

Preface, by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel

Introduction: Experimental Performances: Materials as Actors, by Rashida Ng

 

Chapter 1: Material Ontologies

Essay: Approaching a Material History of Architecture, by Jason Crow

Projects:

      Hylozoic Ground / Philip Beesley, Rob Gorbet, and Rachel Armstrong

      Wanderings / Sean Lally

      Material Animation / Manuel Kretzer and Ruairi Glynn

      Breathing Bowels / Dustin Tobias

      SybiosisO / Kärt Ojavee and Eszter Ozvald

      Ectoplasmic Library / Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos

      The Absent Body of Architecture / Andrew Lewthwaite

      Biospheres, Not Buildings / Zbigniew Oksiuta

Q + A: Steve Pike, with Sneha Patel

 

Chapter 2: Material Elements

Essay: New Material Compositions, by Martina Decker

Q + A: Liat Margolis, with Sneha Patel

Projects:

      Bloom / Doris Sung

      Nano-Textiles and Architectural Form / Klaudia Biala

      Blingcrete / Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussman

      Latent Shift / Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel

      Biomanufactured Brick / Ginger Krieg Dosier

      Shape_Shift / Manuel Kretzer, Edyta Augustynowicz, Sofia Georgakopoulou, Stefanie Sixt, and Dino Rossi

      Nano Vent-Skin / Agustin Otegui Saiz

      Reef / Robert Ley and Joshua G. Stein

Q + A: Omar Khan, with Sneha Patel

 

Chapter 3: Material Fabrications

Essay: Making a Digital-Material Practice, by Phil Ayres, Martin Tamke, and Mette Ramsgard Thomsen

Q + A: Brandon Clifford, Wes Mcgee, and David Pigram, with Sneha Patel

Projects:

      Unikabeton Prototype / Per Dombernowsky and Asbjørn Søndergaard

      Contested Boundaries / Joseph Choma

      Smocking: Pleated Surfaces / Kentaro Tsubaki

      Designed Disorder / Phillip Anzalone, Brigette Borders, and Kerri Henderson

      The Seat Slug / Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello

      Oxalis / Vincent Hui, Michael Lanctot, and Pierre-Alexandre Le Lay

      Pinch Wall / Jeremy Ficca and P. Zach Ali

      Tectonic Horizons / Joshua G. Stein

      Porous Ascend, Jacob Riiber

Q + A: Patrick Harrop and Peter Hasdell, with Sneha Patel

 

Chapter 4: Material Behaviors

Essay: Live Inputs: Variable Outputs, by Nataly Gattegno

Projects:

      Reef / Aurélie Mossé, Guggi Kofod, and David Gauthier

      OpenHouse / Francis Bitonti and Brian Osborn

      Wind Screen / Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler

      The ‘Envirogrammic’ Response / Mark Smout and Laura Allen

      Actuated Matter / Karmen Franinovic, Manuel Kretzer, Daniel Bisig, Florian Wille, Mathias Gmachl, and Rachel Wingfield

      Beyond the New Materialism / Michael Silver

      Adaptive Fa[ca]de / Marilena Skavara

      The Stratus Project / Geoffrey Th?n and Kathy Velikov

Q + A: Shaun Murray, with Sneha Patel

 

Chapter 5: Material Futures

 Essay: Speculations of Future Materiality, by Rashida Ng

 

Contributing Authors

Index

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