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 for creative applications. The network is antidisciplinary and non-institutional, not overly affiliated to any of the establishments represented on the website. It is a hub, independent from time and location, collecting and sharing related knowledge. It does not provide any kind of services nor has it the capability to employ staff.

Believing in unrestricted access to information, 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 across fields 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. As a member you are highly encouraged to share and display your work or engage in discussions in the forum. You are 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. The content is released as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International. 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.

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