Ultra Materials (Hardcover)

How Materials Innovation Is Changing the World

By George M. Beylerian, Andrew H. Dent, Bradley Quinn (Editor)

Thames & Hudson, 9780500513828, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2007

List Price: 75.00*
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Smart substances, intelligent interfaces, and sensory surfaces are redefining the world we live in, from self-cleaning materials based on the surface morphology of a lotus leaf to outdoor pavilions made from inflatable membrane exteriors to temperature-regulated clothing.

The people at Material ConneXion are uniquely placed to explain these developments:

the context and key tools for innovation, including biomimicry, nanotechnology, and sustainability;

the application of new materials in interior, fashion, textiles, product, and vehicle design;

where current developments are leading, along with the implications for educators, professionals, and society as a whole.

The book includes a classified presentation of the four hundred most recent significant materials; a directory of designers, design conferences, trade shows, and professional organizations; and details of degree programs, grants, scholarships, internships, research labs, and competitions.