Ultra Materials (Hardcover)
How Materials Innovation Is Changing the World
Thames & Hudson, 9780500513828, 288pp.
Publication Date: November 17, 2007
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.