about

The materiability research network is a community platform, an educational network, and an open materials database that provides in-depth access to emerging material developments specifically for architects and designers. Since a big problem in approaching these technologies is often that they are either highly scientifically mystified or only available as finished products with limited and very specific properties.

Believing in unrestricted access to information and knowledge, the platform is strongly driven by a community that finds equal inspiration in digital creation and physical making. This network 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 trinity, information, instructions, and inspiration is ought to 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 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.

The term materiability was coined by Prof. Ludger Hovestadt in 2011, highlighting the abundance of possibilities emerging from the synthetic creation of new active materials and the necessity for architects and designers to learn using and qualifying their potential. The materiability research network was initiated by Manuel Kretzer in 2012 and emerged from a joint initiative between the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ETH Zurich and Interaction Design, Zurich University of the Arts.


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