Radical Matterthe eight `Big Ideas' that will shape and inform the choices of materials, design methods and manufacturing processes made by designers in the years ahead. This book draws from a global community of designers who are pushing boundaries with new and disruptive approaches to their use of materials and design processes that go beyond the notion of `sustainable design'. Holistic systems of design, production and consumption that will benefit our world environmentally, socially and economically are now possible, and material innovation will be a crucial element in achieving that goal. The eight `Big Ideas' unpack the themes and ideas that are impacting on our material world through cutting-edge case studies and expert opinions: 1) Today's Waste, Tomorrow's Raw Material; 2) Natural Assets; 3) Shit, Hair, Dust; 4) Material Connections; 5) Co-Creation; 6) Designed to Disappear; 7) Living Materials; and 8) Future Mining. Each `Big Idea' includes fully illustrated case studies from leading designers and engineers who are at the cutting edge of material and design technology. Packed with expert ideas and radical solutions to the current global changes faced by the design and manufacturing industries, Radical Matter contains a wealth of information to help design professionals and students turn revolutionary concepts into reality.
Table of Contents
Foreword 6 (2)
Introduction 8 (4)
1 Today's Waste, Tomorrow's Raw Material 12 (30)
Can we tap into industrial and domestic
waste streams as tomorrow's source of raw
2 Natural Assets 42 (32)
Is it possible to rethink the harvesting
and production of natural resources to
find new applications that minimize waste?
3 Shit, Hair, Dust 74 (34)
From disgust to desire, how can design
reimagine human and animal detritus as a
sustainable raw material?
4 Material Connections 108(34)
Can materials and making connect
communities and promote the exchange of
knowledge and ideas?
5 Co-Creation 142(24)
Could digital fabrication enable us to
design and manufacture on demand with
6 Designed to Disappear 166(24)
How can disposable products and materials
be redesigned to disappear and leave no
7 Living Materials 190(28)
What if living materials could be grown
in labs and become the factories of the
8 Future Mining 218(34)
What materials will we mine in the future
as as a result of human impact on the
Image Credits 252(2)
About the Authors 256(1)