Plastic might have been known as the 'Nylon stockings material' in the 20s, but today's product world shows that plastic is not one, but many materials. Plastic has lots of associations; some people consider plastic as a cheap alternative to the real thing, while designers often employ plastic as the only possible material to realize their wildest dreams.
Plastics are this year's favored material as a part of the Materialenreeks--a yearly materials exhibition series at the Delft University of Technology. This March features one month of lectures, exhibitions and workshops on plastics.
The materials series are being organized by the Studium Generale, an organization present at all Dutch universities set up to increase and broaden the general knowledge of students and employees. Since 1998, they have been featuring wood (2004), glass (2002), rubber (2001), smart textiles (2000), foldables (1999) and bamboo (1998).
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Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.