Beginning with material, this book revolves around physical material making and design decisions that emerge from material interaction.

Combining essays from both practice and academia, this book presents some of the most significant projects and thoughts on materiality from the last decade. Beautifully illustrated with a great deal of technical information throughout, it shows work, technical technique and process, and positions it within a broader theoretical intention.

By assembling a range of voices, here is a multifaceted portrait of material design today. Students and design professionals alike should find in this book an essential resource for understanding this increasingly important aspect of design.

chapter |5 pages

Introduction: Foreign Matter

ByGail Peter Borden, Michael Meredith

part |1 pages

Part I Matter Conversed

chapter |7 pages

Interview 1

ByStan Allen, Michael Meredith

chapter |7 pages

Interview 2

ByNeil Denari, Gail Peter Borden

chapter |9 pages

Interview 3

ByMichael Maltzan, Gail Peter Borden

chapter |8 pages

Interview 4

ByNader Tehrani, Michael Meredith

part |1 pages

Part II Matter Design

chapter 1|15 pages

Raspberry Fields

ByJason Payne

chapter 2|13 pages

Voussoir Cloud

ByLisa Iwamoto, Craig Scott

chapter 3|23 pages

Light Frames

Matters of material in making
ByGail Peter Borden

chapter 4|7 pages

Nebula Macula

ByFlorian Idenburg

part |1 pages

Part III Matter Processes

chapter 6|19 pages

Reciprocal Media

ByEric Höweler, J. Meejin Yoon

chapter 7|11 pages


ByDavid Benjamin

chapter 8|15 pages

Porous Boundaries

Material transitions from territories to maps

part |1 pages

Part IV Matter Precedent

chapter 9|13 pages

Fixing the Drape

Textile composite walls
ByLaura Garófalo, David Hill

chapter 10|17 pages

Tumbling Units

Tectonics of indeterminate extension
ByKentaro Tsubaki

chapter 11|7 pages

Monolithic Representations

ByW. Andrew Atwood

chapter 12|13 pages

Materiality of the Infrathin

ByMichael Carroll

chapter 13|7 pages

Sheet Logics

Speculations on the organizational and cosmetic potential of sheets
ByHeather Roberge

part |1 pages

Part V Matter Detail

chapter 14|13 pages

Real Detail – Detail Reality

e dynamicism of fragmentation and “satiszation”
ByAxel Prichard-Schmitzberger

chapter 15|15 pages

Detailing Articulation

ByPhillip Anzalone, Stephanie Bayard

chapter 16|11 pages


ByJohn Enright and Margaret Grin

chapter 17|13 pages

Cumulative Processes and Intimate Understandings

ByDwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu

chapter 18|17 pages

Built to Change

A case for disintegration and obsolescence
ByBlair Sattereld and Marc Swackhamer

part |1 pages

Part VI Matter Ecology

chapter 19|15 pages

Matter is but Captured Energy

ByKiel Moe

chapter C|11 pages

hapter 20 A Brise-Soleil without a Building

ByHilary Sample

part |1 pages

Part VII Matter Pedagogy

chapter C|13 pages

hapter 21 Material Resistance

ByJeremy Ficca

chapter C|21 pages

hapter 22 Digital Tracery

Fabricating traits
ByLawrence Blough

chapter C|17 pages

hapter 23 Towards an Ecology of Making

BySantiago R. Pérez

part |1 pages

Part VIII Matter Sensations

chapter C|9 pages

hapter 24 Ana-Log Cabin

ByKeith Mitnick, Mireille Roddier, Stewart Hicks

chapter C|15 pages

hapter 25 Composite Tectonics

From monolithic wholes to manifold assemblies
ByMarcelo Spina, Georgina Huljich

chapter C|11 pages

hapter 26 Alternative Forms of Malleability

ByRhett Russo

chapter C|19 pages

hapter 27 e Art of Contemporary Tracery

ByTom Wiscombe

chapter C|5 pages

hapter 28 e Sideways Rocker Project

ByWarren Techentin

part |1 pages

Part IX Matter Surface

chapter C|9 pages

hapter 29 Diachronic Growth

chapter C|13 pages

hapter 30 Bodies in Formation

e material evolution of exible formworks

chapter |2 pages

F igure Credits

chapter I|7 pages