We are in the midst of a global challenge, commonly referred to as the climate crisis. Architects and designers have a special role to play in developing innovative solutions and alternative materials for an environmentally sustainable future. Biomaterials, for example, offer a wide range of potential applications as a replacement for conventional products. Parametric design methods in conjunction with digital fabrication technologies enable the further optimization of components and materials. Novel composites and textiles lead to products with increased performance, while smart materials allow the creation of dynamically changeable systems. In order to raise awareness of such innovations and develop an understanding of the role of future designers, it is important to actively investigate and help shape these materials and technologies; the principle behind the idea of materiability.