New Material Award 2016 at the Dutch Design Week

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During the opening of the Dutch Design Week on 22 October, two awards for innovative materials have been handed out. The New Material Award 2016 of €15,000 went to Olivier van Herpt for his Functional ...

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BetR-Block: building homes with recycled paper

Published 4 days ago by Sigrid | no responses

Paper is a valuable resource that is not optimally used. Large mounts of it are not recycled and end up on landfills. Yet it is a great building material. Earlier this week we talked about ...

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Bombix Bricks: Building with liquid silk

Published 5 days ago by Sigrid | no responses

We at Materia have seen our fair share of unusual construction materials over the years, but silk is a new one. Architect Ilaria La Manna has great plans to use liquid silk, which she calls ...

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PaperBricks: bricks and furniture made from old newspapers

Published 6 days ago by Sigrid | no responses

Paper is one of the most produced and discarded materials in the world. But while it can easily be recycled, it cannot be reused indefinitely. The paper fibres become shorter over time and degrade. This ...

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Metamaterial mechanisms made from a single piece of plastic

Published 7 days ago by Sigrid | no responses

We at Materia tend to judge materials on what they are made of; are they plastic, stone, glass, etc.? With metamaterials, however, it is not that simple. These materials are defined by their engineered internal ...

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Bio-foam made from algal bloom

Published 1 week ago by Sigrid | no responses

Algae are one of the few species that actually thrive because of global warming, forming a problem of their own. Algae grow fast, but only live for a short time before starting to decay, a ...

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