TECHNE 2 (2011): Technological design
Research and Experimentation

Research and experimentation with technical textiles

TECHNE 2 (2011): Technological design

Published 2011-11-02


  • Research,
  • Technology,
  • Creativity,
  • Project

How to Cite

Zanelli, A. (2011). Research and experimentation with technical textiles. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, 1(2), 138–149.


This paper outlines the work being done by the Politecnico di Milano’s SPACE (Experimental process for architecture and life cycle of building products) research unit on the theme of textile architecture. It describes the major research done by the unit, giving a glimpse of the strategies put in place by the university and the European Union for pure research, applied research and even experimental design. The essay also presents some thoughts on the impact of technological research on a project and on the ability of technologist to contribute to the design process with ‘constructive imagination’ and with ‘non-routine skills’, encouraging cooperation between specialized areas and the achievement of goals using non-conflicting methods.


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