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Materials

Material Matters - New Materials in Design

Material Matters – New Materials in Design
‘Material Matters’ explores the fascinating world of materials, surveying characteristics, properties and new applications of materials in diverse fields, from sustainable resources to medicine, architectural design to aeronautical engineering and interior design to ‘haute-culture’ and fashion.
Authors: Phil Howes & Zoe Laughlin. Published June 2012.
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Material World 3

Material World 3
Material World 3 presents the 100 most innovative Materials for architecture and product design. Every product is laid out in composition, properties, applications, technical information and contacts to the manufacturers.
Author: Elodie Ternaux for matériO – 2011.
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Materials for Inspirational Design

Materials for Inspirational Design
Materials for Inspirational Design provides today’s designer with a myriad material possibilities. It covers a wide range of areas, exploring the application of materials in architecture, interior design, product design, furniture design, fashion and applied arts, all combined with solid technical information.
Author: Chris Lefteri – 2006.
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Materiology

Materiology
Intended for all creative professionals who rely on materials and technologies; architects, designers, stylists, artists and the like, from students to experienced practitioners. This book covers everything you always wanted to know about materials and technologies but never expected to find in a single volume.
Author: Daniel Kula for matériO – 2004 – Birkhäuser
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Materials and Design - The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design

Materials and Design – The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design
The book explores the role of materials and materials processing in product design. The reader will find information ranging from the generic and commercial names of each material, its physical and mechanical properties, its chemical properties, its common uses, how it is typically made and processed, and even its average price.
Authors: Michael Ashby & Kara Johnson – 2009.
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Transmaterial - A Catalog Of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment

Transmaterial – A Catalog Of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment
With more than 200 materials, organized by category, described, pictured, and annotated with technical and sourcing information, this catalog is an essential tool for any architect or designer interested in keeping up with the rapid developments in the field of materials.
Author: Blaine Brownell – 2006.
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Transmaterial 2 - A Catalog Of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment

Transmaterial 2 – A Catalog Of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment
A sequel to the critically acclaimed and best-selling book Transmaterial, Transmaterial 2 is a clear, concise, accessible, and carefully edited resource that provides information about the latest and most intriguing materials commercially available.
Author: Blaine Brownell – 2008.
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Wonder Wood - A Favorite Material for Designers Architects and Artists

Wonder Wood – A Favorite Material for Designers Architects and Artists
Wonder Wood presents a timeless material as it is being used today. A second section shines a spotlight on selected woods, wood-based materials, wooden composites, and finishing technologies and presents project examples that use them.
Authors: Barbara Glasner & Stephen Ott – 2012.
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Materials and Interior Design

Materials and Interior Design
The choice of materials is critical to the success of an interior. This book examines every aspect of the the use of materials in interior design, from initial concept and selection to visual representation and practical application.
Authors: Rachael Brown & Lorraine Farrelly.
Published October 2012.
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Material Futures 01

Material Futures 01
Material Futures features a combination of cutting-edge design research, framed by key emerging trends impacting the design industries. The 80-page publication provides an invaluable source of information and insight for anyone working within the fields of colour, materials and design innovation.
Authors: FranklinTill (Designer), Rebecca Earley (Editor), Carole Collet (Editor)
Published November 2012.
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Nanotechnology & ‘smart materials’

Nano Materials In Architecture - Interior Architecture and Design

Nano Materials In Architecture – Interior Architecture and Design
Nanotechnology has led to the development of functional materials and surfaces that offer vast innovation potential. The book provides professional users with an overview of functional nanosurfaces of all kinds, enabling them to employ nanomaterials intelligently and appropriately and to provide competent advice for clients.
Author: Sylvia Leydecker – 2008.
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Nanomaterials, nanotechnologies and design

Nanomaterials, nanotechnologies and design
Exploring the intriguing new approaches to design that nanotechnologies offer this book offers product engineers, designers, architects and consumers a vastly enhanced palette of materials and properties, ranging from the profound to the superficial.
Authors: Michael Ashby, Paulo J. Ferreira & Daniel L- Schodek – 2010.
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Biomimicry

Biomimicry - Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry – Innovation inspired by nature
Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science th at analyses nature”s best ideas and adapts them for human use. This profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems. This book is a classic.
Author: Janine Benyus – 1998
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Materials and architecture

Digital Fabrications - Architectural and Material Techniques

Digital Fabrications – Architectural and Material Techniques
This book celebrates the design ingenuity made possible by digital fabrication techniques and explores the methods architects use to calibrate digital designs with physical forms.
Author: Lisa Iwamoto – 2009.
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Plastic - In architecture and construction

Plastic – In architecture and construction
This systematic guide to the use of plastic in architecture documents the constructional and aesthetic possibilities of this material. A selection of international case studies demonstrates the broad range of plastic in architecture.
Authors: Stephan Engelsmann, Valerie Spalding & Stefan Peters.
2010.
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Smart Surfaces And their Application in Architecture in Architecture and Design

Smart Surfaces And their Application in Architecture and Design
Smart Surfaces interact with energies. This book carries out a multi-dimensional research in the field of new materials – functional surfaces in design and architecture, and shows how all kinds of materials deal with a variety of energies, like thermical, electomagnetical, electrical, kinetic, potential and chemical energy.
Author: Thorsten Klooster – 2005
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Material Strategies - Innovative Applications in Architecture

Material Strategies – Innovative Applications in Architecture
Material Strategies is not a typical how-to manual that teaches known standards and methods for using construction materials, but rather a guide that reveals approaches necessary to transcend convention and achieve material innovation in architecture.
Author: Blaine Brownell – 2011
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Manufacturing Material Effects - Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture

Manufacturing Material Effects – Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture
Designers are becoming more directly involved in the fabrication process from the earliest stages of design. This book showcases the design and research work by some of the leading designers, makers and thinkers today.
Authors: Branko Kolarevic & Kevin Klinger – 2008
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Material Design - Informing Architecture by Materiality

Material Design – Informing Architecture by Materiality
Taking material qualities and properties such as texture, elasticity and transparency as a point of departure, the book describes a multitude of material operations, like folding and bending, carving and cutting, weaving and knitting, mirroring and screening.
Author: Thomas Schröpfer – 2010.
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Materials and the environment

In the Bubble

In the Bubble – Designing in a Complex World
In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. We’re filling up the world with technology and devices, but we’ve lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives?
Author: John Thackara – 2005
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Material Revolution

Material Revolution
Materials Matter bridges the gap between research and industry on the one hand and designers and architects on the other by offering a systematic overview of the currently available sustainable materials and providing the reader with all the information he or she needs to assess a new materials suitability and potential for a given project.
Author:
Sascha Peters – 2011
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Materials and the environment - Eco informed Material Choice

Materials and the environment – Eco informed Material Choice
With in-depth coverage of such topics as material consumption and its drivers, the material lifecycle, eco-informed material selection, renewable materials and sustainability, along with eco-profiles of more than 60 widely used materials, this book will appeal not only to instructors of materials science and selection courses, but to professional materials engineers and product designers as well.
Author: Michael Ashby – 2009
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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
“Reduce, reuse, recycle,” urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. As William McDonough and Michael Braungart argue in their provocative, visionary book, however, this approach perpetuates a one-way, “cradle to grave” manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world? they ask. In fact, why not take nature itself as our model?
Author:
Michael Braungart, William McDonough
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upcycle

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability-Designing for Abundance
The follow-up to Cradle to Cradle. For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. They are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings, and business practices—and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects like chairs, cars, and factories are being reimagined not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of our future as it unfolds in front of us.
Author:
Michael Braungart, William McDonough
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Materials and manufacturing

Making It - Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design 2nd edition

Making It – Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design, 2nd edition
With specially commissioned diagrams, case studies and step-by-step photographs of the manufacturing process, Making It uses contemporary design as a vehicle to describe production processes.
Author: Chris Lefteri – 2012
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Making It - Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design

Making It – Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design
Using contemporary design as a vehicle to describe production processes, this book covers a broad range of almost 90 production methods with descriptive text, specially commissioned diagrams, product shots, and photographs of the manufacturing process.
Author: Chris Lefteri – 2007
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Material fun

The Big Book of Bucky

The Big Book of Bucky
Bucky Balls are the must-have desktop toy for the curious and imaginative. Design whatever shape comes to mind with Bucky Balls. This book is 84 pages of step-by-step how-tos, games, and inspiration.
2011.
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