TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Essays and Viewpoint

Low Tech and unconventional materials. Measure, Time, Place

Francesca Giglio
Dipartimento di Architettura e Territorio, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italia
TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design

Published 2018-04-09


  • Material module,
  • Temporariness,
  • Identity,
  • Unconventional materials

How to Cite

Giglio, F. (2018). Low Tech and unconventional materials. Measure, Time, Place. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, 16, 122–130.


The theme of the Temporariness, has fixed in recent decades references of great relief in the scientific debate, which has seen in unconventional materials – natural, reused, recycled – a field of experimentation still open in the Low Tech project. The housing response to disastrous events becomes, in particular, an opportunity of innovation for Low Tech design, which finds its roots in three main areas: socio-economic, disciplinary, design. Measure-Time-Place, three key issues in the evolution of the project’s disciplinary dynamics, become mean to analyze case studies, expression of a diversified concept of unconventional materials, wider and less delineated in comparison to the past, under different conditions, including emergency ones.


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