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Architecture & Design: Materials

Subject Guide and Course Reading Lists

Material Discovery & Design

Materials Libraries and Digital Collections:


Healthy Materials Lab

Explore this extensive source from the Parsons School of Design. Includes curated material collections, courses, a glossary, and case studies.



Archivio delle tecniche e dei materiali per l'architecttura Iuav - Laboratories System - Archive of techniques and materials for architecture and industrial design

Material Driven

- Boutique Consultancy, Library, and Materials Curators for architecture and design.

Material Order 

 A shared database for design material collections managed by Harvard GSD’s Frances Loeb Library, RISD’s Fleet Library, and Parsons Donghia Healthier Materials Library

   Material Bank - University Program
(use your account to establish a free account for saving and annotating materials).

Material District

Innovative materials website which includes collection channels for BiobasedSustainable, and Ecology.

Mindful Materials

Mindful MATERIALS is a free platform with aggregated information on human health and environmental impacts for products from leading manufacturers, vetted by experts passionate about making it easier to make informed product choices.

NBS Source Logo NBS Source - Construction and Material Specifications
Transmaterial logo, materials catalog "Catalog of materials that redefine our physical environment"

Sweets Catalog
University College London - Institute of Making
University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Co-Op Materials Resource Center

OPEN Material Discovery Worksheet

Visit the Material ConneXion

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