Performative Materials in Architecture and Design (Book)

Edited by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel
Category: Performing Arts


Performative Materials in Architecture and Design addresses the convergence of several significant and fundamental advancements in the ways that materials and environments are designed, evaluated and experienced within architecture and related disciplines. The emergence of experimental and ultra-performing materials, interactive processing systems and digital design and fabrication techniques has established an interconnected network or technological inputs that has stimulated the development of materials, assemblies and systems with performative properties. Providing an overview of representative design projects and relevant theories, this volume illuminates both the interaction of these technologies and the role of materiality in research, design and practice.

Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel are assistant professors of architecture at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Together they cofounded SEAMLab, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to research and the dissemination of design-based knowledge focused on materiality.

Foreword – Philip Beesley
Preface – Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel
Introduction: Experimental Performances: Materials as Actors – Rashida Ng
Chapter 1: Material Ontologies 
Essay: Approaching a Material History of Architecture – Jason Crow
Hylozoic Ground, Philip Beesley, Rob Gorbet, and Rachel Armstrong  Wanderings, Sean Lally 
Material Animation, Manuel Kretzer and Ruairi Glynn 
Breathing Bowels, Dustin Tobias 
SymbiosisO, Kärt Ojavee and Eszter Ozsvald 
Ectoplasmatic Library, Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos 
The Absent Body of Architecture, Andrew Lewthwaite
Biospheres, Not Buildings, Zbigniew Oksiuta 
Q + A: Steve Pike with Sneha Patel 
Chapter 2: Material Elements
Essay: New Material Compositions – Martina Decker
Q + A: Liat Margolis  with Sneha Patel
Bloom, Doris Sung
Nano-Textiles and Architectural Form, Klaudia Biala
Blingcrete, Thorsten Klooster and Heike Klussmann
Latent Shift, Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel
Biomanufactured Brick, Ginger Krieg Dosier
Shape_Shift, Manuel Kretzer, Edyta Augustynowicz, Sofia
Georgakopoulou, Stefanie Sixt, and Dino Rossi
Nano Vent-Skin, Agustin Otegui Saiz
Reef, Robert Ley and Joshua G. Stein
Q + A: Omar Khan with Sneha Patel
Chapter 3: Material Fabrications
Essay: Making a Digital-Material Practice – Phil Ayres, Martin Tamke, and Mette Ramsgard Thomsen
Q + A: Brandon Cliff ord, Wes Mcgee, and David Pigram with Sneha Patel
Unikabeton Prototype, Per Dombernowsky and Asbjørn Søndergaard
Contested Boundaries, Joseph Choma
Smocking: Pleated Surfaces, Kentaro Tsubaki
Designed Disorder, Phillip Anzalone, Brigette Borders, and Kerri Henderson
The Seat Slug, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello
Oxalis, Vincent Hui, Michael Lanctot, and Pierre-Alexandre Le Lay
Pinch Wall, Jeremy Ficca and P. Zach Ali
Tectonic Horizons, Joshua G. Stein
Porous Ascend, Jacob Riiber
Q + A: Patrick Harrop and Peter Hasdell with Sneha Patel
Chapter 4: Material Behaviors
Essay: Live Inputs: Variable Outputs – Nataly Gattegno
Reef, Aurélie Mossé, Guggi Kofod, and David Gauthier
OpenHouse, Francis Bitonti and Brian Osborn
Wind Screen, Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler
The ‘Envirogrammic’ Response, Mark Smout and Laura Allen
Actuated Matter, Karmen Franinovic, Manuel Kretzer, Daniel Bisig, Florian Wille, Mathias Gmachl, and Rachel Wingfield
Beyond the New Materialism, Michael Silver
Adaptive Fa[ca]de, Marilena Skavara
The Stratus Project, Geoff rey Thün and Kathy Velikov
Q + A: Shaun Murray with Sneha Patel
Chapter 5: Material Futures
Essay: Speculations of Future Materiality – Rashida Ng
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