About Materfad

Materfad Materials Centre in Barcelona performs a research and technological surveillance task in the field of new materials and provides consultancy and training services for companies, professionals, universities and technology centres. Its aim is to facilitate technological transfer between widely different sectors such as biotechnology, construction, transport or textiles, among others.

 

In its Spanish showroom located in the Design Hub Barcelona,  Materfad presents a wide range  of materials samples (biomaterials, ceramics, composites, polymers, etc.). Materfad is part of FAD – Fostering Arts and Design, a private, independent and non-profit association that seeks to promote design and architecture in the country’s cultural and economic life.

 

Materfad also promotes the building up  of an international network of affiliated centres, thanks to the collaboration, until now,  with Aguascalientes Autonomous University (Mexico), the University of Valparaiso (Chile) Pontificia Bolivariana University of Medellin (Colombia) and MIND (Mexico).
 

Website and Online Materials Database

www.materfad.com

 

Contact

Materfad. Barcelona’s materials centre
Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38
(Disseny Hub Barcelona Building)
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

+34 932 566 781

activities@materfad.com

«Smart Flexibility»
Advanced Materials and Technologies

An international overview of I+D projects about flexible and active materials

Can a system achieve intelligence by combining the con­trol of a flexible structure with the properties of an active material? The answer is Yes, and you will discover it at the “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition, with 28 projects developed by universities and firms from 10 different countries (USA, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, China, Australia and Spain).

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

Can a system achieve intelligence by combining the con­trol of a flexible structure with the properties of an active material? 

From this perspective the exhibition is situated on the borderline between matter and structure, investigating the flexibility and intrinsic reactivity of specific materials and advanced technologies. In order to do so, this event should not only bring together architects, designers and construction engineers but also creators from other sectors (sports, fashion, automotive, etc.), whose projects and products are focused on smart flexibility.

These contemporary works and projects involving materials, sensitive systems and articulated supports enable us to imagine the functionalities an intelligent and flexible architecture may provide.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space through their body, their movements or even their emotions, are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of the exhibition.

Curators

Valérie Bergeron, Architect, director of Materfad’s materials library
Javier Peña, PhD in Chemical Science, scientific director of Materfad

Travel operator

Materfad (Barcelona, Spain)

Type of exhibition

Advanced materials, Advanced technologies, Smart materials, Active materials

Featured projects

Pictures

Smart Flexibility @ RMIT Design Hub

Exhibition details

Current location
Design for Impact Festival
From July 23rd 2015 to August 9th 2015
At RMIT Design Hub
Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton
VIC 3000. Australia

Past locations
FADFest / Barcelona Design Festival
From June 25th 2014 to February 27th 2015
At Disseny Hub Barcelona
Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

Availability

September 2015 onwards

Touring exhibition content

  • 28 contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums.
  • 100+ flexible and/or active material samples classified according to characteristics (woven, articulate, foam, photochromic,photoluminiscent, shape memory form…). Includes unit number, formats and codes to identify every sample and manufacturer.
  • 15 videos
  • Graphic digital information: exhibition presentation and credits banner,  individual banners with description and credits of each project. All material is in Catalan, Spanish and English.

Approx. weight 400 Kg (including special crates for air transport).

Space requirement

150-200 sqm.

Loan duration

2 months maximum (between departure from origin and departure to next venue or origin). Conditions for longer loan upon request.

Associated events

On occasion of the opening of the “Smart Flexibility Exhibition”, one of the main features of the yearly major design event in Barcelona, called the FADFest, Materfad invited 3 project authors to hold a “MaterLab” on June 25th 2014, a workshop on Active Flexibility. Presentations by Areti Markopoulou (IAAC, Barcelona), Manuel Kretzer (ETH – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule – Zürich) and Phil Ayres (CITA, Copenhague).

The organization of such an associated event as a workshop can also be studied upon request, independently or related to the exhibition.

Catalogue

Available at smartflexibility.materfad.com.
Conditions for co-publishing formulas in any language might be explored.
Exhibition guide on CloudGuide app.

More info about us

Materfad, Barcelona materials centre

Contact

Valérie Bergeron, Materials library manager, Materfad Barcelona
vbergeron@fad.cat

Clipping

Smart Flexibility at Design for Impact Festival (RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia)

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