Renewable Matter # 19 / December-January

Thinking with Our Hands

by Francesca Maccagnan, Barbara Pollini

A few Italian and European universities teach their students to experiment with innovative materials in their projects and to assess the impact these will have on their whole life cycle. A new design that often starts with the material and ends with the object.


Terms such as “biobased, sustainable, circular materials” are at long last starting to be part of the layman’s vocabulary. Indeed, characterizing an object by its material is a leverage attracting more and more consumers.

After all, dealing with materials making up objects we use on a daily basis and being able to describe them in the most...

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