What’s the Matter Materiality and Materialism at the Age of Computation, International Conference, COAC, ETSAB, ETSAV, Barcelona, September 4-5-6, 2014



What’s the Matter when rethinking materiality and materialism in contemporary architecture creations? Is it a matter of matter’s morphogenetic power revived with the ubiquitous involvement of digital technologies in contemporary design and fabrication? Is it a matter of the omnipresent shift from mutant material to dynamic matter? Is it a matter of increasing awareness, exchanging knowledge, thinking differently, on 

matter matters through transdisciplinary research? Is it a matter of reconsidering the role of matter in contemporary design processes as a whole? Is it a matter of reconsidering the role of materialism in social discourse associated with large scale and energy intensive projects?


  • Emergent materialities
  • Matter and material(s)
  • Encoding and encoded materiality
  • Matter as morphogenetic agent
  • Real time fabrication and malleable matter 
  • Creating the machine to form matter 
  • Fragile materiality
  • Smart Materials
  • Form-generating materiality
  • Associative potential of material
  • Matter and sympathy
  • Neo-materialism and architecture
  • Material ecologies
  • Speculative materialism and architecture 
  • Performativity versus performance 


  • Intelligent and adaptive materialities 
  • Material-based design
  • Informed tectonics
  • Materialising form – forming matter
  • Experimentation on matter-form generation 
  • Agile fabrication
  • Mutant Materials
  • Materialisation technologies
  • Responsive materiality
  • Empowering matter in contemporary design 
  • Top down materiality-bottom up matter 
  • Neo-materialism and matter
  • Materials and the Anthropocene 
  • Para-materiality 

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DeLanda’s Comeback as Filmaker

The Conference will host the first preview-show of the three, out of the new series Continuous Variations, films-digital videos of 40 min duration with extraordinary effects by Manuel Delanda, who will also make the introduction . The series will be shown at the NYC Anthology Film Archives at the end of 2014.