Innovation in materials terminology explained by experts.

Innovation in materials terminology explained by experts.


Materials and Technology create a bonding of interest in creativity, innovation and revolution, even more when science is involved. Architecture has to evolve and along with it, its designers. I started reading the book: “Emerging Technologies and Housing Prototypes” and it’s introduction gave me flashbacks about my written thesis for School of Architecture. At that time I wasn’t directed specifically to materials because the program had to be evaluated towards built architecture although my curiosity for materials started there. This book’s introduction remarks the arising new architectural perspective of design, and as Dean of Berlage Institute, Alejandro Zaera-Polo says:

“Technology itself understood as the ultimate product in the recycle of modernity and the urban production of its future; the object of technology becomes architecture, and architecture morphs towards a fictional machine of per-formative capacities.”

The production of materials and its history along with Architecture, has evolved constantly through ages depending on culture, economy and social development. It is amazing how materials can affect a society and society can be attached to it. Mass production creates a constant use of a material for practicality and not for a specific use (which in some cases is more expensive).
Quoting again this fabulous book I mentioned at the beginning, I can’t help to include a peculiar detail of history, a man who introduced the terms: “inmaterial materials”, in reference the approach of designing materials for specific applications:

“The ‘silent revolution caused by the advent of new materials has radically changed our approach to knowledge. Jean-Francoise Lyotard was the first, in 1985, to introduce the term ‘immaterial materials’, in reference to postmodern materials and virtual technologies with the ability to define a different domain of sensory experience and open up new possibilities for everyday life.”

Can this be more amazing? The future exposed since 1985! And it is already happening. Under my findings, there is an array of materials of sensory experience, but what is import here is that materials must be designed for a specific demand, not a specific application and there is where the magic of science comes along, its performance.

This final data I dare to include here for everyone’s record is what this team of creators and investigators consider a material is possible to be innovative:

1. Non pollutive during its production.
2. Realised with low cost-effective technology.
3. Fully tolerable, recyclable and biodegradable.
4. Easy to stock.
5. Lightweight while keeping high mechanical strength.
6. Combines properties of several materials (composites and nanocomposites).
7. Obtained through technological transfer, coming out of application from a different field.

These qualities are very important to start thinking about new possible materials, as a sort of guidelines to what we expect to find and combine in our environment.

A crear materiales se ha dicho! (To create materials has been said!).

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Mabelle Plasencia

Founder and Editor at INmatteria©
• Architect | LEED AP BD+C, with an intense passion for materiality, innovation, technology and science. • Arquitecta | LEED AP BD+C apasionada por la materialidad, innovación, tecnología y ciencia.