Emerging Materials & Technologies. New approaches in Design Teaching Methods on four exemplified areas


Venere Ferraro
Anke Pasold


Released under the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) in the peer reviewed series Design International.

The present book contains the preliminary findings of an ongoing research project “DATEMATS” (Knowledge & Technology Transfer of Emerging Materials & Technologies through a Design-Driven Approach Agreement Number: 600777-EPP-1-2018-1-IT-EPPKA2-KA) funded by the the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union aimed at developing novel teaching methods for both design and engineering students in the field of Emerging Materials & Technologies (EM&Ts).
It focuses on four exemplified EM&Ts areas as results of the methods, gaps and issues related to their teaching methods.
It provides a summary of the four literature reviews conducted at respectively Aalto University on Experimental Wood-Based EM&Ts, Design Department of Politecnico di Milano on Interactive Connected Smart (ICS) Materials Wearable-based, Tecnun University on Carbon-based & Nanotech EM&Ts and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) on Advanced Growing.
It will present the synthesis of the four EM&Ts highlighting similarity, differences for all of them; it will give an overview for each area in dedicated section presenting the meaning, the different approaches used and developed for each EM&Ts area, finally it will provide the setting up of a common and advanced methods to teaching EM&Ts within HEIs, to create new professional in young students, and to develop new guidelines and approach.


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Venere Ferraro

Ph.D. in Design, she is Untenured Researcher at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. Visiting researcher at University of New South Wales of Sydney and at Media Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology she is Coordinator of the European Project “DATEMATS” and holds national and international patents. Her main research activity is focused on interaction design practices and on how to exploit the potential of disruptive technologies (Wearables, smart materials and AI) to design experiential systems both in private and public sector; this by using a user-centred approach.

Anke Pasold

She is an Associate professor at the Material Design Lab, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, where she is developing the methodological and technological side of the lab and structuring new educational programmes. Pasold’s academic and research focus is on material practice, in particular advanced design methodologies and material fabrication processes by means of experimental prototypes making things tangible between the digital and the physical.


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