We are used to creating synthetic materials strictly for their function: plastic, rubber, and glass. They all serve specific needs, and can be made almost anywhere. As we create new materials, they might need different traits. Substances might need to have a defined lifecycle, or the ability to sense their surroundings? What parameters should we design into this new matter?
Could these materials create new design conventions? Could they be the source of new economies or convey a sense of origin? What if this next-generation of materials moves us closer to nature rather than further from it?
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