Unexpected material engagements



This course aims to transition design as a practice of shiny innovations and technology-fixes to an enabler of more than human care, repair, maintenance and regeneration. It connects the use of non-virgin and living materials with unexpected designs through sustainable processing methods and engagements with (ecological) life-cycles. How can these material streams be transformed through processing, and what designerly possibilities might emerge? The course provides a conceptual, and methodological move beyond traditional human-centered models towards new and bold material approaches that cater for all beings and the planet. Students will explore emergent and unexpected aesthetics corresponding to circular practices such as unmake, repair, reuse, and temporal phenomena including biological decay/deterioration and graceful aging. The focus will be on understanding more than human care and interdependent temporalities of beings and things, including lifecycle of materials, from where they are sourced and what happens to them when we are done with them. The aim is to encourage emerging material designs inspired by the complexity of material systems, while maintaining a thick, haptic connection with designerly expression and processes of tinkering, processing and making. Practically, the students will be introduced to ecological trends and movements such as upcycling, cradle-to-cradle, resilient design as well as future materials and processing methods, in order to design and propose materially-driven opportunities.
Cursusperiode1/09/22 → …