Energy-active and materially-smart design for a resilient architecture


Our aim for the workshop is to establish the foundation of a new network for thinking about energy-active and materially smart design for a resilient future. Bringing together scientists and designers involved in material design from different fields such as chemical engineering, material science, synthetic biology, energy, biomimicry, resilience, design and architecture, our aim is to create a shared platform for discussing research strategies, future agendas and applications.

Our key objective is to develop a sandbox environment for innovative ideation where scientists and designers can work together on the specification of highly engineered and energy smart materials. The workshop is an initial event in which will question the role of such interdisciplinary thinking. To achieve this objective the workshop will be structured around 3 themes: ‘sharing knowledge’ (day 1), mapping and future scoping (day 2) and ‘future planning’ (day2).


The workshop is convened by CITA (Centre for IT and Architecture) and the TFRC (Textile Futures Research Centre). Both research centres are committed to pushing design-science collaborations in order to drive innovation. Design cultures need new sustainable models informed by resilient thinking. We see science-design collaboration as central to the emergence of new roadmaps for ecological living.

The purpose of setting up this network is to foster such interdisciplinary thinking. The anticipated outcomes are:

1. A roadmap of potential areas of innovation with clear research questions that challenge the field of architecture and material engineering in the context of future resilience.

2. A plan of action which maps the collaborative areas with relevant cross-European funding streams and identifies potential key industrial partners.

3. A web-based platform that documents the workshop, its outcomes and research methodology and makes its results sharable.

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