The material-ability praxis of Manuel Kretzer

The material-ability praxis of Manuel Kretzer

Manuel Kretzer

In collaboration with the website Digicult, this interview was provided with the intentions of understanding the work and dedication towards materials exploration and research that Manuel Kretzer has performed on smart materials, through various means and methods. 

Architect and Designer Manuel Kretzer is research assistant at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD), ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He coordinates the Postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies’ digital design and production modules and also conveys a doctoral research on soft and dynamic architecture with a particular focus on smart material performance.

In 2012, Kretzer initiated the Materiability Research Network ( a non-profit educational community platform that promotes novel material developments in the form of open information and do-it-yourself tutorials.

Manuel Kretzer is also partner and co-founder of Responsive Design Studio ( with Hans Sachs,based in Cologne and Zurich. The studio practices with an array of interesting designs which explore responsive, adaptive and alternate solutions towards architecture and its interaction with its users. Kretzer also published “The Cone – Interactive architecture for Burning Man” in 2008 and is currently working on a book entitled “Alive – Advancements in Adaptive Architecture”, which will be released in August 2014. He has written numerous book contributions and articles such as “Shapeshift: Soft Dielectric Electroactive Polymers and Architectural Surfaces” in Bracket 2 [goes soft] in 2013 or “ShapeShift” in Leonardo 45, Issue 5, just to mention a few.

As part of my research comprehends innovation in materials and technology, smart materials have been growing in a fast pace and many questions arise through these explorations I am willing to make more part on. Manuel Kretzer has become a person who’s in constant practice and interaction towards innovation in architecture and responsive materials, for a synergistic future design. For now, the moment has come to clear out a few questions, with answers provided by an expert on explorations.

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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.