DIY-Materials at Design x Designers, Milan Design Week 2018

A selection of results of the course Designing Materials Experiences and related Master’s thesis developed at Politecnico di Milano are showcased in the exhibition Design x Designers 2018. In this exhibition, we present DIY-Materials as the outcomes of a practice of materials self-production using unconventional resources and techniques. These materials allow students to shape materials experiences, enable social changes and encourage material speculation about future scenarios, practices, models and aesthetics.

Visit us at the Design School of Politecnico di Milano, in Via Candiani 72, Milan (building B2), from April 10 to May 2, 2018. 

Download the press material here.

ICS Materials Seminars and Lectures at Politecnico di Milano

ICS Materials: Discovering and Defining Interactive, Connected, and Smart materials is a cycle of open seminars and lectures we have organized in the scope of the project ICS Materials at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design, and concluded in the last weeks of 2017.

By involving experts from education and practice in the fields of Design, New Materials and Interaction, we aimed to encourage the discussion and share experiences and insights on Interactive, Connected and Smart Materials. We devoted each of the dates to a specific theme, with the aim of framing the State of the Art through methodologies, case studies, and previous researches, and on exploring future scenarios for ICS Materials. A special thank to all the guest speakers who made this cycle unique.

Materials Today Features an Interview about Materials Experience Lab

Materials Today, one of the most prestigious communities dedicated to the creation and sharing of materials science knowledge and experience, supported by Elsevier, has featured the Materials Experience Lab with an interview of the coordinator Dr. Elvin Karana.

Here you can find other pictures of the complete interview:

https://www.materialstoday.com/lab-profile-elvin-karana-materials-experience-lab/

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We presented DIY Materials at the Materials Farm 2017 - Barcelona

A selection of the results from the course “Designing Materials Experiences” (link of the course page to add) at Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, was presented in "The Materials Farm" by Materfad. The materials were presented in a talk and are now showcased in an exhibition at the Design Hub Barcelona, from 26/06/2017 to 21/09/2017. These actions were part of  the program of the FADfest 2017, the biggest festival about Design and Arts in Barcelona.

The selected projects are the results of an on-going research on DIY materials, in the scope of unfolding their qualities and aesthetics, and novel practices and scenarios around them. Most of these self-produced and open materials are made from waste resources and have social and sustainable purposes.

Here you can find other pictures of the exhibition and the talk.

Projects by: Ioanna Oikonomou, Marina Psimikaki, Yang Yudan, Marta Ziminska, Eileen Krüger, Valeria Munda, Setareh Salehi, Juuso Koski, Dicle Aslan, Dinullah Bayu Ibrahim, Shao Yizhuo, Betul Unal.

Valentina Rognoli talked about Materials Experience - video interview

Materials Experience and some related on-going projects have been presented by Dr. Valentina Rognoli in an interview by the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano.

"The materials experiences which are currently emerging in the contemporary world concern two phenomena which have recently become established and which are continuing to develop: DIY Materials, i.e. Do It Yourself, and ICS Materials, i.e. Interactive, Connected, and Smart".

We exhibit Growing Design at DDW’17

Growing Design project will be on show at the Dutch Design Week 2017 (21-29 October) at two different locations. 

Fungal Curiosities

The exhibition will display ongoing activities as well as preliminary results of our joint STW/TTW project “Mycelium-based Materials for Product Design” (project nr. 14572), a collaborative endeavor between Design Academy Eindhoven, TU Delft and Utrecht University.

Through an immersive setting, visitors will be able to get acquainted with both data and technical/experiential qualities of a range of mycelium-based composite materials, as well as to dive into the overall project’s content and process.

Curated by: Maurizio Montalti (Officina Corpuscoli / Design Academy of Eindhoven) and Serena Camere (TU Delft)

Research by: Han Wosten (UU), Elvin Karana (TUD), Maurizio Montalti (DAE), Pauline Krijgsheld (UU), Serena Camere (TUD), Freek Aappels (UU), David Hamers (DAE).

Design Academy Eindhoven, De Witte Dame, 3rd floor. Emmasingel 14, 5611 AZ Eindhoven
 

Mind the Step 2017

The project “Growing Seasons” will be on show at the Mind the Step exhibition 2017. Mind the Step is the annual exhibition of 4TU Design United community, showing the results of the cross-fertilization between technology, research and design. We will display the newly designed 3D-growing system and some initial results of the research project.

Where: Klokgebouw 50 – Strijp S Eindhoven

We invite submissions at DRS2018 Conference - Limerick (UK)

Elvin Karana, together with Faith Kane (Massey University, New Zealand), Prof. Tom Fisher (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Prof. Elisa Giaccardi (TU Delft), are chairing a track session on the topic "Material-Enabled Changes in Design Research and Practic". The track call is for the DRS2018 Conference. The deadline for final paper submission is November 6th. 

With this call, we seek to investigate how emerging materials and practices radically change the role of the designer from a ‘passive recipient’ to an ‘active maker’ of materials (Myers, 2012; Karana et al., 2015; Rognoli et al., 2015), as well as the way materials are experienced by people through their daily artifacts. Moreover, we are interested in understanding how practices of design and use in these areas create an opportunity to activate positive social (Drazin and Küchler 2015), environmental, economic and even political change. 

We invite contributions that address these questions:

  • How do/will emerging materials advances affect practices around products from the designer and the user perspective?
  • How is environmental, social, economic or political change activated through these new materials and material driven design practices?

The complete track theme can be found at this link

We hosted EKSIG2017 – Alive. Active. Adaptive

On June 19-20th, Elvin Karana and Prof. Elisa Giaccardi (link to profile) chaired EKSIG2017 (www.eksig2017.com) at the Het Nieuwe Instituut of Rotterdam, together with Prof. Nithikul Nimkulrat (Estonian Academy of Arts), Prof. Kristina Niedderer (University of Woltherhampton). Serena Camere (link to profile) assisted the Organization Board as Pictorials Chair and taking care of the organizational matters. EKSIG is an International Conference organized biannually under the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge. This year we focused on the experiential knowledge of working with emerging materials that are alive, active and adaptive, whether by means of biological or computational processes or an integration of the two. During the two days, the conference hosted three keynote talks from prominent experts of Materials & Design (Prof. Mark Miodownik, Institute of Making; Anna Vallgarda, IT University of Copenhagen; Maurizio Montalti, Officina Corpuscoli) and 26 paper presentations.

Thanks to the collaboration with the Het Nieuwe Instituut, we also enjoyed 6 presentations from design practitioners, highlighting how research on materials is entering their design studios. The conference included also 3 pop-up exhibitions, showcasing the work of designers and participants joining the Conference. In total, 65 participants from 12 different countries (including Japan, US, Brazil) joined the two days of the Conference. The conference showcased high quality content and a timely contribution to the field of materials and design. The debate that went on during the presentations was vivid and it raised few important questions about the future of materials design research. The feedback from our participants was excellent, and we are glad to have hosted such an inspiring and outblowing event!

Hereafter a comment from two special guests:

"EKSIG_2017 has been a unique conference filled with inspiring contributions and stimulating debates. By merging academic research with hands-on approaches, the conference at large allowed to reflect on the fundamental necessity of strengthening even further the connection between theory and practical/experimental approaches, for the generation of a wide range of innovative outcomes, being them (living) materials, systems and/or products. Furthermore, thanks to also the professionally of the organisational team setting up a highly balanced program and to the peculiar location hosting the event, EKSIG _2017 resulted in a successful event filled with content, critical dialogues and a positive and purposive atmosphere, clearly outlining and contributing to partly defining our present-futures.”  (Maurizio Montalti, Officina Corpuscoli)


"EKSIG2017 brought researchers together across the disciplines and generations to hear about leading work on materials design. The quality of the papers was uniformly high, and the opportunities for informal communication and networking were very effectively built into the programme. The venue was excellent (even in the heat…) and the choice of keynotes was inspiring.” (Prof. Tom Fisher, Nottingham Trent University)

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We exhibited DIY Materials at CONSTRUMAT 2017 - Barcelona

A selection of the course “Designing Materials Experiences” at Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, was exhibited in the “Materials Visions” exhibition by Materfad, in the space Future Arena at the Construmat fair 2017, in Barcelona, from May 23 to May 26, 2017. This event had more than 70.000 visitors from the architecture, interior design and construction sectors.

The selected projects are the results of an on-going research on DIY materials, in the scope of unfolding their qualities and aesthetics, and novel practices and scenarios around them. Most of these self-produced and open materials are made from waste resources and have social and sustainable purposes.

Other pictures of the exhibition are available here.

Projects by: Ioanna Oikonomou, Marina Psimikaki, Yang Yudan, Marta Ziminska, Carolina Giorgiani, Jinan Jezzini, Veronica Vetrila, Davide Del Favero, Eileen Krüger, Valeria Munda, Setareh Salehi, Juuso Koski, Dicle Aslan, Dinullah Bayu Ibrahim, Shao Yizhuo, Betul Unal.

We exhibited a DIY Material project at INTERZUM 2017 - Cologne

A selected project from the course “Designing Materials Experiences” at Politecnico di Milano, School of Design, was exhibited in a material show by Haute Innovation, at the Interzum fair 2017, in Cologne, from May 16 to May 19, 2017.

With over 57.000 visitors the Interzum is the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design. This exhibition showcased material innovation projects in the fields of upcycling, bio-based solutions and energy harvesting.

The selected project is the initial result of an on-going research on DIY materials from waste textile resources, in the scope of unfolding their qualities and aesthetics and reach a full material development, triggering social and sustainable practices.

Project by: Eileen Krüger, Valeria Munda, Setareh Salehi, Juuso Koski.