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A Material Strategy: Exploring Material Properties of Computers
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles. (Smart Textiles)
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Design, ISSN 1991-3761, E-ISSN 1994-036X, Vol. 4, no 3, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As design problems are inherently indeterminate or wicked, we have to rely on various strategies when practicing design. In this paper, we propose a material strategy that emphasizes the expressional potential of computers. We argue how computers, in principle, can be understood as a material for design and how they can be part of a formgiving practice. We embark on the beginning of establishing a practical understanding of the computer as a material by articulating a number of material properties of computers. Two of these properties, computed causality and connectability, are given shape through material samples of a computational composite. The composite is in the form of a copper tile of which the computer controls the thermodynamic behavior. The material strategy proposed here which produced dramatic results is still in its infancy, but by adopting a material understanding of computers and beginning to embody the space of opportunities it unfolds, we take the first steps towards a new way of designing computational objects and architectures.

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2010. Vol. 4, no 3, 1-14 p.
Keyword [en]
computational composites, connectability, computed causality, design strategy, material properties, Smart materials
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Other Computer and Information Science Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2957Local ID: 2320/7294OAI: diva2:871051
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