The project takes personal experiments of how to cook low-tech DIY biobased materials into social context and studies sharing the knowledge of new material innovations. There’s already a lot of information available on biobased materials and how to make them yourself, but it’s hard to find relevant and good sources from the enormous information flow.
Designers often focus only on their personal work. Starting from the material tests, the endcome is often one design object, and the project stops there. What if we wouldn’t always start from the same point, but instead utilized more of the knowledge that’s already out there? What if we shared more of our processes and knowledge - could we achieve better end results in shorter time, could more of the material samples be developed further and into production? Who else could benefit from this except the designers themselves?
The process also investigates “Design Learning”, a new teaching method for elementary schools, where kids are teached on several subjects through creative design methods. Learning of biomaterials, and how to make them yourself, could be a great way to teach about many important issues of tomorrow.
The project consists of a curated information bank shared to the CoDe programme, example of a lesson plan for design learning schools and self-made easy biomaterial sample tests.
Research bank for materials and structures for CoDe programme / Hannakaisa Pekkala
Books and publications
General Material Exploration: Sascha Peters & Diana Drewes Materials in Progress : Innovations for Designers and Architects
General Material Exploration: Inna Alesina & Ellen Lupton Exploring Materials: Creative Design for Everyday Objects
Pirjo Kääriäinen, Liisa Tervinen, Tapani Vuorinen & Nina Riutta (eds.): The Chemarts Cook Book
Kääriäinen, Pirjo & Tervinen, Liisa (eds.): Lost In the Woods
Biobased material exploration:
Bio Fab Forum www.biofabforum.org
Bioplastic Cookbook for Ritual Healing from Petrochemical Landscapes
Clara Davis: The secrets of bio plastic
Anastasia Pistofidou: Bio Plastic Cook Book
Jake Cohen: Materials Experiments Catalogue
Aleksi Peltonen, Jaea Chang, Karla Werner Zeuthen, Linnea Kilpi, Paul Flanders:
Search for the content needed: How To Make Everything
Open source projects
Open source structures: www.openstructures.net
DIY Projects: www.instructables.com
Community Projects: www.davehakkens.nl