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Development of the Material Selection Practice in the Design Education – A Study Exploring Articulation of Material Requirements

Development of the Material Selection Practice in the Design Education – A Study Exploring Articulation of Material Requirements

Year: 2014

Section: Design Education in Practice

Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits

Author: Karen Marie Hasling (1), Torben Lenau (2)

Series: E&PDE

Institution: 1Design School Kolding, Denmark; 2Technical University of Denmark

Section: Design Education in Practice

Pages: 396-401

ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8

Abstract

This paper explores how the material selection matrix is used in a materials and sustainability course. The matrix encourages the students to articulate material selection requirements to become more competent in exploring new materials and selecting materials for a given design task. The study indicates that students focus on technical requirements when using the matrix and justifying their selection of materials. This is surprising since the students attend an arts and crafts oriented design school and are encouraged and guided to consider non-technical requirements, as part of the course where the matrix is introduced. A possible reason for the undesired behaviour could be that students are allowed very freely to define their own matrices, having only little guidance to which requirements to use. A more formal procedure for making the material matrices is therefore proposed. The procedure requires students to use a fixed number of technical, experiential and sustainability oriented requirements.

Keywords: Material education, material selection methods, material requirements, applied learning

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