about

The materiability research network is a community platform, an educational network and an open materials database. It was initiated by Manuel Kretzer in 2012 and emerged from a joint initiative between the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ETH Zürich and Interaction Design, Zürich University of the Arts.

Believing in unrestricted access to information and knowledge, it is strongly driven by a community that finds equal inspiration in digital creation and physical making.This platform brings together architects, artists, designers, students, scientists, researchers and others who share a common fascination with smart, programmable and digital materials.

The website forms a continuously growing database on a wide range of materials, provides hands-on tutorials to self-produce these materials and promotes their assembly in speculative experimental projects. This triality, information, instructions, and inspiration will help develop a common language in order to communicate cross-disciplinary and bridge the gap between research, education and practice.

By registering to this network you will gain access to the materials database and tutorials, profile information and the possibility to exchange with fellow members and are highly encouraged to share and display your work as part of the network or engage in discussions in the forum.

In return you’re expected to use the network in a professional and responsible way and credit appropriately. All information provided on the following pages is intended for educational and non-profit purposes exclusively. By becoming a member you agree to the Terms of Service. Please refer to the FAQ section for further details before enrolling.


Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design / Prof. Ludger Hovestadt
ITA / Institute of Technology in Architecture / Faculty of Architecture / ETH Zurich
Schafmattstrasse 32 / CH-8093 Zurich