Emerging Material Research Trends: Fostering Critical Material Research in Design Students

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Flavia Papile, Lia Sossini, Andrea Marinelli, Barbara Del Curto
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Section: Design Education
Page(s): 2353-2362
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.238
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Sustainable production transition requires new paradigms and strategies, as well as alternative materials. Recently, an increasing number of innovative materials were developed. Such novelties greatly affected the design practice, widening the materic possibilities for designed products. However, traditional material classification does not apply well for these new materials trend. In this paper, the authors cooperated with design students to identify an iterative tracing activity of the new material trends for design, finalised to embed in the same work new tendencies that may rise in future.

Keywords: emerging material trends, materials classification, design education, case study, sustainable design

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