Schools to look at if you are passionate for materials and innovation.

Schools to look at if you are passionate for materials and innovation.

The study of materials has a broad yet ground breaking point where innovation can be acquired. The purpose of design has always a problem to solve, as Roger Ascham once stated: “Necessity is the mother of all inventions”. Today I have created this post with the intention of visualizing the experimentation of materials, the exploration of design and the innovative results whereas it’s in architecture, product, industrial or media design in different schools.

Royal College of Art in London has a Masters Degree in Innovation Design Engineering (IDE), a double masters I may add, according to their promotion web, and it reads:

The Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme is a leading-edge, creative product development course that involves experimentation, design, engineering and enterprise activities. In multidisciplinary teams or as individuals, participants work at the centre of complex, demanding projects with an emphasis on prototyping and proving propositions. The programme requires that a wide range of design skills and thinking are utilised (industrial design techniques, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, design research, user-centred design and sustainability, among others). It is external facing and encourages all to tackle important real-world issues involving advanced technical, design and social parameters. We believe that design is a verb not a noun.

I like that part: “We believe that design is a verb, not a noun”, and it is very true. Nowadays architecture has been faced towards the idea of creating with a mean of safeguard the health, safety and wealthfare of humans but sometimes it leaves out the real problem, the real necessities and mostly when economic issues strike, solutions that are thought, researched and analyzed, are tagged as expensive. Why is that? Yes, it requires an effort and time to acquire the results we need, but that is actually what makes us designers, thinking investigators of well being.

Besides RCA, the AA School has a Master of Architecture directed towards building at a real scale, at a real shop. Design and Make, is the new name for this Masters Degree placed in a woodland campus called Dorset in Western England. Students live where they study and it is basically a study of design and making architecture in reaction to its site, how it adjusts to its environment in terms of tectonic, materials, and the use of space. Here is an insight of their students were capable to achieve for a project called Braided Cocoon.

Photo: Hugo Garcia Urrutia

Photo: Hugo Garcia Urrutia

photo: Hugo Garcia Urrutia

photo: Hugo Garcia Urrutia

For our local schools in Puerto Rico, check out theIN-exploration tab for PUCPR School of Architecture and their BioTectonic Program.

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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.