Material ConneXion Stimulates Creativity and Innovation
Christina Karadsheh fingered and stroked some of the samples on display at the opening event for the installation of a Material ConneXion Library at Kendall. Clearly she couldn't wait to get her hands on the cutting edge materials now available to Kendall students. Christina, a senior in the interior design program, is working on a health care project that is required to be LEED certified. She is hoping to find textiles and other materials in the library for her project. Another student, Jacob Kapusta, a freshman in digital illustration, says he plans to get inspiration from the resource library for his schoolwork. He, too, fingered a sample, tracing the intersecting lines of a woven, webbed material. "I'm interested in how the lines intersect and whether it has an organic quality," he mused, carefully analyzing it from several angles.
The New York-based Material ConneXion, the brainchild of George M. Beylerian, has showrooms in five cities around the world and libraries like this one in other venues. For example, Haworth in Holland has a large Innovation Library. When the Federal building is renovated the Kendall library will be housed there.
Innovation is what Material ConneXion is all about, says Tara McCrackin, Coordinator of the Material ConneXion Resource Center. "Students will use the collection to find materials for their projects or they will be inspired to be creative."
"They have access to lots of materials but these are the ones with the 'Wow' factor," she says. Material ConneXion is the largest library of innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world. Each month between 40 and 60 new materials are added to the library, keeping it current and forward-looking.
—Susan J. Smith