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Materials as Systems: The case of advanced textiles as key actors in a systemic change

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Tincuta Heinzel
In this paper we are exploring how “materials way of thinking” paradigm that defines the development of materials sciences field since 1980s created the premises for a conception of materials as systems. This paradigm impacts the design approaches and processes, but, also, as we try to demonstrate in this text, the communities involved and their ecosystem(s). To better understand what is at stake when it comes to “materials-driven” inquiries in design, we will question the nature of “functions”. Embracing a philosophical stance in relation to design, we aim to show how the switch from an ontological indexation of materials towards a more functionalist perspective created the premises of a paradigmatical change that understands “materials as systems”. Taking the advanced textiles as a case study, we will show how materials could become key actors in the attempts of a systemic change where design discipline and industrious enterprises could work together towards more ecological perspectives and economies.
Keywords: Systemic design
Advanced textiles
Nanotechnologies
Functionalist ontologies
Textiles ecosystem(s)

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Author(s): Tincuta Heinzel
Year: 2023
Title: Materials as Systems: The case of advanced textiles as key actors in a systemic change
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/textiles-systemic-design
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD12

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