Material Health: Design Frontiers

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Who designs the future? Who shapes it? Who teaches it? How does an understanding of the fundamental issues threatening our planet and human species change the way we teach and launch the next generation of architects and interior designers for this new era? What are the problems we will face if we don’t consider the complex environmental implications of design decisions? What does the future look like if radical change happens now?

In this era of Climate Crisis, and from the vantage point of material health, there is an urgent need to imagine new paths for architecture and design in order to create a new healthier future for everyone. This symposium provides a platform to examine issues of material health and celebrate material innovation, grapple with new and long-sustained challenges in socially engaged research and practice, as well as critically reflect on necessary changes to academic architectural and interior design programs. Together, exceptional perspectives will identify viable alternatives and illuminate new paths for the next generation of architecture and design.

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Finnish Circular Economy Roadmap, 2016 - 2025” exhibition by Anastasia Ivanova of a collaboration of VTT and Aalto University

Ant Studio: CoolAnt Natural Air Cooler

bioMason Blocks

Danish Cleantech Hub: Ege Carpets, Gamle Mursten, Small Planet, Dansk Affaldsminimering

Sustainable Systems, Parsons School of Design by Derek Haffar & Oliver Kellhammer

Donghia healthier Materials Library’s Transparency Corner, in collaboration with Brightworks Sustainability, and featuring the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC), ILFI’s Declare and Living Product Challenge, mindful Materials, Red 2 Green and GIGA’s newly launched Matter platform.
Featured manufacturers in the scoring showcase include: Humanscale, Shaw, Superior Essex, Crossville, Mecho, Owens Corning, and USG.

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