Politecnico di Milano participates in the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, running from 22 May to 21 November 2021, within the Italian Pavilion. The Italian Pavilion’s Resilient Communities, curated by Alessandro Melis, project places climate change at the centre of the international debate this year. It is a firm belief that architecture must contribute significantly to improving the quality of life by providing appropriate responses capable of reacting to climate and social change.
A challenge taken up with the MatRes project by the research groups of the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Department of Design and Department of Chemistry of Politecnico di Milano. The following took part in the project: University of Verona, University of Milan and MIT-IBM.
From the microscope to the prototype for a resilient architecture
MatRes is a living laboratory of resilient materials, with biological, organic, sustainable, recycled origins, that have power and freedom to grow and transform over time. The installation evokes a tree metaphor to experience resilient forms, through its component materials. This includes natural composite materials (mycelium, used coffee, cellulose), 4D printing, energy-producing plants, textiles with optical, acoustic or heat-sensitive properties, natural or recycled fibres, positively reacting to stressful stimuli.