Alive. Active. Adaptive: Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials
Full Paper: 28 Mar. '18
Call for Papers
Suzanne Lee uses microbial cellulose composed of millions of tiny bacteria to produce clothing in her bathtub (Science Museum, 2010); Carole Collet, in “This is Alive” (2013), invites us to imagine a world in which plants grow products and bacteria are genetically reprogrammed; Anna Vallgårda (2009) introduces the notion of “computational composites”, a new design space in which conventional materials (like wood) become more expressive and adaptable through computation. These are a few examples of how the emergence of new materials and new approaches to using materials is offering an opportunity for achieving new experiences in design. But as materials acquire new agency and interactional possibilities (whether algorithmic, biological or chemical), how do we work with such alive, active and adaptive materials? And as materials acquire connectivity (whether digital or organic) and thus the ability to fluctuate within more fluid situations of use and need, how do we understand the movements, temporalities and relationships of one material in relation to other materials? This calls for different skill sets and for different ways of understanding and mobilizing materials in design.
In this special issue, we welcome submissions from a diverse range of researchers and practitioners whose work is centered on the experiential knowledge acquired through working with emerging materials that are alive, active and adaptive.
Suggested Research Themes
Submission of Papers
Manuscripts should be prepared using the template file and guidelines found at the AuthorGuidelines page. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A double-blind review process will be employed for this special issue.
Manuscripts should also be sent through the online submission system. Authors should choose “Special Issue on Material and Design” as the Journal Section when submitting papers.
Special Issue Editors