Materials both matter and are more than matter. Long overlooked and out of fashion, relegated to the realm of "finishes," tainted by claims of "authenticity" or "craft," and always overshadowed by issues of space, program, or form, materials are once again making a comeback. Materials are increasingly being recognized and interrogated as more than mere matter. Materials are logics. They are systems. They are complex algorithms. They are histories. They are psychologies. They are memories. And they are geometries.
Materials are the inert matter of our built environment, but materials are also the active generators of the spaces, atmospheres, and interactions that exist in between. Throughout the 20th century there has been an almost manic drive to make materials lighter, thinner, and more efficient. This issue of another pamphlet asks how materials might once again be protagonists - unruly, assertive, unapologetic, and difficult to quantify; how materials might once again carry their own weight.