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Materials Experience 2 – Book now on sale

Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana from the Caradt Biobased Art and Design research group, together with co-editors Owain Pedgley and Valentina Rognoli, are delighted to announce Elsevier’s publication of their new book, Materials Experience 2.

Subtitled Expanding Territories of Materials and Design, this book is the follow-up to the first Materials Experience volume of 2014. The two volumes take readers on an eye-opening journey through new and critical material topics which lie at the heart of contemporary and emerging design practices. They extend existing understanding of the sensorial, affective, interpretative and performative aspects of materials experience.

Materials Experience 2 is arranged in ‘sandwich’ form, with three parts. The first and last sections comprise peer-reviewed chapters from invited authors on a variety of contemporary topics in the field of materials experience. The middle section, ‘Around The Corner’, presents short summaries of case studies – responses to an open call for doctoral students and early career researchers to disseminate their work in the book. The editors are especially pleased with the outcome here: an energetic collection of peer-reviewed case studies spanning current or recently completed research in materials and design. Case study contributors represent institutions from around the globe: Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Sweden, United Kingdom and USA. Collectively, these contributions provide an international view of contemporary subjects, and they also offer hints towards new directions – topics that will emerge or expand in the future.



Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi / Middle East Technical University

Politecnico di Milano

TU Delft | Industrial Design Engineering

‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.

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