Mine The City Lab: MATTERathon DAY 1 – Border Sessions

Mine The City Lab: MATTERathon DAY 1

In 2015, the average European used 16 tonnes of materials. Our demand for materials is intense. As an activist reaction to the accelerating degradation of the environment due to this high demand for material use, more and more designers act as ‘active maker’ of materials rather than ‘passive recipient’.

Accordingly, anything tangible could be a resource for DIY material makers. Analysing over 150 DIY-Material cases, Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Valentina, Rognoli and Elvin Karana, introduced Five Kingdoms of DIY Materials, based on the sources used by designers as material ingredients in DIY material making. The biggest kingdom, Recuperavit, concerns materials which mobilise sources we (society) consider as waste, including domestic and industrial waste, and discarded sources or by-products from food or raw material production which most of the time appear invisible to us.

This MATTERathon challenge designers to go beyond the existing DIY-Materials under Recuperavit, focusing on ‘Dutch ways of living’ as a resource for DIY-Material tinkering.
Therefore, we invite everyone for a 2-Day DIY MATTERathon. The challenge is twofold:

1. find a material or a collection of materials coming from urban waste associated with Dutch living (e.g. cooking, eating, travelling, etc.) (contexts include but not limited to: farms, beach, restaurants, parks, transport (trains), etc.). At the end of Day 1, the teams are expected to have a tangible sample of a material.

2. create minimum of 3 versions of the material or composite you propose, by focusing on a particular sensorial quality (e.g. softness, roughness, glossiness) which you think is the most unique quality of this material. For example; if you think you can change the material’s flexibility by playing with the amount of ingredients you use, show us how the created samples could vary between very flexible to stiff.

At the end of the second day, teams are expected to deliver 3 to 5 physical samples to present the new DIY or composite material from Dutch urban waste as well as a video to present the material.

The selected team will have the opportunity to develop the material further by using the Lab Facilities at the Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology or the School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with the Materials Experience Lab. Materials and production costs will be covered; and the team will be supported to exhibit the project in Dutch Design Week and Salone del Mobile (Milan Design Fair) for future opportunities.

The lab will take place on the 15th and 16th of June.