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This paper formulates a notion of material-oriented design in wood, proposing an alternative ontology where the material is seen as an equal rights partner to the designer. Further, I contrast the constructivist and evolutionary types of management, where in the latter systems are produced with minimal waste and energy expense. I discuss the implications of the approach on an example of five experimental projects, including my own in more detail. I advance that material-oriented design challenges the established form-matter relationship, design process, our understanding of authorship and bears an environmentally friendly potential.
Wójcik, M. (2015). Counterculture, Ju-jitsu and Emancipation of Wood. In Tangible Means: Experiential Knowledge Through Materials. , (Bang, A. et al eds). Design School Kolding, University of Southern Denmark: Design School Kolding, Denmark.