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Radical Matter

Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future

Kate Franklin (Author), Caroline Till (Author)

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A road map for product design professionals and students to ten “Big Ideas” in material innovation

A must- have for professionals at the cutting edge of design, Radical Matter: Revolutionary Materials and Design for a Sustainable Future presents the ten “Big Ideas” that will shape and inform the choices of materials, design methods, and manufacturing processes made by designers in the years to come.

Drawing from a worldwide community of designers who are pushing boundaries with innovative works that go beyond the notion of “sustainable design,” Radical Matter demonstrates how holistic systems of design, production, and consumption will benefit our world environmentally, socially, and economically.

The ten “Big Ideas” unpack the themes that are impacting our material world through cutting-edge case studies and expert opinions: Repair Is Beautiful; Today’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Raw Material; Natural Assets; The Waste Revolution; Lessons from the Past; Co-Creation; Material Connections; Short Life Materials; Living Materials; and Future Mining. The book includes an invaluable directory of resources for cutting-edge materials and a definitive list of global research centers, innovation hubs, academic courses, and material libraries. Radical Matter contains a wealth of information to help design professionals and students turn revolutionary concepts into reality.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • April 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-500-51962-2
  • 8.6 × 10.4 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“This imaginative book offers many alternatives to the standard "take-make-discard'' model of processing virgin materials to manufacture consumer goods… Eight sections address: reusing waste streams. minimizing byproducts, making with detritus, making as community connection, digital fabrication on demand, truly disposable products, living materials, and future mining… Attractive objects include construction materials, furniture, housewares, textiles, jewelry, and sculpture. This remarkable survey highlights possibilities for more sustainable living. Designers, materials specialists, and environmentalists will find inspiration.” — Library Journal