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As experts in the field of material innovation and new technologies and with a solid base in design and architecture we have published a number of essays and articles and contributed to various books on the topic.

The most recent book Information Materials – Smart Materials for Adaptive Architecture is a rich manifesto on the possibilities of smart materials for the architecture and design disciplines. In addition to a broad survey on the role of materials throughout history it includes highly detailed tutorials and materials essays on a number of emerging materials

Information Materials – Smart Materials for Adaptive Architecture

Manuel Kretzer. Bern: Springer International Publishing, 2017.

“The clarity, focus, and special position of the author as an original creator and an activist within this emerging body of work positions this work as a practical manual dedicated to contemporary design craft, of interest both to professional and broad publics.”
Philip Beesley, 2016

ALIVE – ADVANCEMENTS IN ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE

Manuel Kretzer and Ludger Hovestadt (Eds.). Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014.

This book engages with the starting point of an emerging new design field, where the symbiosis of physics, biology, computing, and design promises the redefinition of what we call architecture today.
Carole Collet, 2014

Book Contributions

Kretzer, A. Markopoulou, and S. A. Nielsen, “Dynamics in Extreme Environments,” in Interactive Futures, Ed. Neil Leach, Philip Yuan (Shanghai: Tongji University Press, to be released fall 2017).
Manuel Kretzer, “ShapeShift” in Interactive Architecture: Adaptive World, ed. Michael Fox (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), 140-145. ISBN: 978-1616894061.
Manuel Kretzer, “Spaces of Adaptivity: Thoughts on the Relationship of Life and Architecture,” in Alive: Advancements in Adaptive Architecture, ed. Manuel Kretzer and Ludger Hovestadt (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014), 16-24. ISBN: 978-3-99043-667-7.
Manuel Kretzer, “Beyond Performance,” in Alive: Advancements in Adaptive Architecture, ed. Manuel Kretzer and Ludger Hovestadt (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014), 72-77. ISBN: 978-3-99043-667-7.
Manuel Kretzer and Ruairi Glynn,Material Animation,” in Performative Materials in Architecture and Design, ed. Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel (Bristol: Intellect Ltd, 2013), 35. ISBN-13: 978-1841506494.
Manuel Kretzer, “ShapeShift,” inPerformative Materials in Architecture and Design, ed. Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel (Bristol: Intellect Ltd, 2013), 105. ISBN-13: 978-1841506494.
Karmen Franinovic, Florian Wille, Mathias Gmachl, Rachel Wingfield, Manuel Kretzer, and Daniel Bisig, “Actuated Matter,” in Performative Materials in Architecture and Design, ed. Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel (Bristol: Intellect Ltd, 2013), 213. ISBN-13: 978-1841506494.
Manuel Kretzer, “Chick’n’Egg Chair,” in Intriguing Design, ed. Dalcacio Reis (Antwerp: BooQs, 2013), 322f. ISBN: 946-0650740
Christine Baumgartner and Manuel Kretzer, “Kids Bench,” in Design for Kids, ed. Natalia Menn (Barcelona: Links International, 2013), ISBN-10: 849-2796561.
Christine Baumgartner and Manuel Kretzer, “Float with the Flowers,” in Design for Kids, ed. Natalia Menn (Barcelona: Links International, 2013), ISBN-10: 849-2796561.
Manuel Kretzer, “Shapeshift: Soft Dielectric Electroactive Polymers and Architectural Surfaces,” in Bracket 2 [goes soft], ed. Neeraj Bhatia and Lola Sheppard (Barcelona: Actar, 2013), 80-83. ISBN: 978-8415391029.
Manuel Kretzer, “Shapeshift, towards a soft architecture,” in Kinetic Architecture: Designing with movement, ed. Carolina Stevenson (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2012), ISBN-10:303-4608071.

Journals

Manuel Kretzer. “Educating Smart Materials.” Cuadernos del Centro de Estudios de Diseño y Comunicación No 61, special issue: Diffuse Materiality. Design Practices and Trends (2016). ISSN: 1668-0227.
Manuel Kretzer. “Adaptive Materialität.” Architektur Aktuell, Ausgabe 9/2016 (2016): 186. ISSN: 0570-6602.
Manuel Kretzer. “Why so serious?” Ehituskunst #57: What do you want, Brick? (2015): 42-51. ISBN: 978-9949-467-62-4.
Manuel Kretzer and Dino Rossi. “Shapeshift.“ Leonardo 45, Issue 5 (2012): 480f. ISSN: 0024094X.

Conference Papers

Manuel Kretzer, “Materials in the Anthropocene,” in What’s the Matter? Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation, ed. Maria Voyatzaki (European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture, Dec. 2014), 499-512. ISBN: 978-960-89320-6-7. (peer reviewed)
Manuel Kretzer, “Architecture in the era of accelerating change,” in ACADIA 2014: Design Agency. Proceedings of the 34rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, ed. David Gerber, Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez (Los Angeles: University of Southern California, Oct. 2014), 463-472. ISBN 978-1-926724-47-8. (peer reviewed)
Manuel Kretzer, Andrea Minuto, and Anton Nijholt, “Smart Material Interfaces: Another Step to a Material Future,” in Proceedings ICMI’13: 15th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, 9-13 Dec. 2013 (Sydney: ACM, Sheridan, Dec. 2013), 611-612. ISBN: 978-1450321297.
Manuel Kretzer, Jessica In, Joel Letkemann, and Tomasz Jaskiewicz, “Resinance: a (smart) material ecology,” in ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, ed. Philip Beesley, Omar Khan, and Michael Stacey (Cambridge: University of Waterloo, Oct. 2013), 137-146. ISBN: 978-1926724225. (peer reviewed)
Demetris Shammas, Achilleas Xydis, Jessica In, Joel Letkemann and Manuel Kretzer, “Resinance,” Poster in ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, ed. Philip Beesley, Omar Khan, and Michael Stacey (Cambridge: University of Waterloo, Oct. 2013), 137-146. ISBN: 978-1926724225.
Manuel Kretzer, “The Materiability Research,” in Rethinking Prototyping. Proceedings of the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2013, ed. Christoph Gengnagel, Axel Kilian, Julien Nembrini, and Fabian Scheurer (Berlin: Universität der Künste Berlin, Oct. 2013), 205-215. ISBN: 978-3894622435. (peer reviewed)
Manuel Kretzer, “Information Materials: Smart Material based Architectural Design,” in eCAADe 2013: Computation and Performance Conference Proceedings, ed. Rudi Stouffs and Sevil Sariyildiz (Delft: TU Delft, Sept. 2013), 618-623. ISBN: 978-9491207044.
Manuel Kretzer, “Open Matter(s): A community approach towards smart materials and their potential for architecture and design,” in Prototyping Architecture: The Conference Papers, ed. Michael Stacey, E-book (London: Building Centre Trust, Feb. 2013), 118-130. ISBN-10: 090-1919179. (peer reviewed)
Manuel Kretzer, “Next Generation Materials,” in Ambience’11 International Conference Proceedings (Borås: CTF The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Nov. 2011), 163-170. ISBN: 978-9197557689. (peer reviewed)
Manuel Kretzer, “Towards a new Softness,” in Adaptive Architecture International Conference Proceedings, DVD Conference Papers, ed. Michael Stacey (London: The Building Centre, March 2011). ISBN: 978-0901919151. (peer reviewed)

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