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Material design [electronic resource] : informing architecture by materiality /
Thomas Schropfer ; with a foreword by Erwin Viray ; and contributions by James Carpenter ... [et al.].
imprint
Basel : Birkhäuser, c2011.
description
192 p. : ill. (some col.), plans (some col.) ; 31 cm.
ISBN
3034600356 (hbk.), 9783034600354 (hbk.)
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imprint
Basel : Birkhäuser, c2011.
isbn
3034600356 (hbk.)
9783034600354 (hbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Why material design? -- The alternative approach: observation, speculation, experimentation -- Difficult synthesis -- Aggregation -- Joints and unctions -- Weaving: the tectonics of textiles -- Modulation: transformation by shaping and texturing -- Capturing the ephemeral -- Responsive materials -- Materializations of nanotechnology in architecture -- Encoding: digital & analogue taxonavigation -- The future of material design.
catalogue key
12298115
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Excerpts
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Material performance and design strategies
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"With the help of experts, the author provides a comprehensive view of what is already being done with materials, challenging his readers to up with new ways to push the field forward." --Metropolis
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The approach of this book opens the way to an innovative use of materials in the design professions. Taking material qualities and properties such as texture, elasticity, transparency and fluidity as a point of departure, the concept described and employed here transcends the conventional definitions of building materials.
Main Description
The approach of Informing Architecture by Materiality opens the way to an innovative use of materials in the design professions. Taking material qualities and properties such as texture, elasticity, transparency and fluidity as a point of departure, the concept described and employed here transcends the conventional definitions of building materials. Instead, the focus is on a multitude of material operations, like folding and bending, carving and cutting, weaving and knitting, mirroring and screening. The featured design strategies and methods address established and "new" materials alike. They are applied both to the scale of the detail and the entire building. The examples comprise prototype structures as well as large building projects. Nine chapters deal with surfaces and layers, joints and juctions, weaving and texturing, nanoscale transformations, responsiveness, the integration of ephemeral factors like wind and light as well as material collections providing professional resources. Written by renowned experts in this field, the book features many examples from international contemporary architecture. The introductory part provides the conceptual background, while a final chapter describes consequences for pressing issues of today, like sustainability or life cycle assessment.

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