Material Matters

Buildings, vehicles, products and garments are made possible by vast global supply chains of materials. Some are natural, others are synthetic, but whatever their origins, all materials have consequences and implications. This series of programs reveals how designers are thinking about where materials come from and where they will end up, perhaps heralding a new wave of material thinking. In a world where it is normal to extract from the earth, animals and industry, transforming one commodity into another, how can we reacquaint ourselves with the origins of materials? Is the end in sight for materials with unwanted consequences?