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OUR BODY IS A SOPHISTICATED MECHANISM.
it has evolved and adapted to changes, through centuries of progression, to become a dynamic entity responding to complex stimuli. nevertheless, the raise of technology is disrupting the natural stages of evolution, projecting us into a new unpredictable future.
In this digital era, our body is becoming susceptible to various hazards; from the rise of environmental pollution to radiation and pandemic diseases, we need to establish deeper associations with our environment, negotiating with the forces surrounding our bodies.in this respect, ironically, technology plays a dual role.scientists predict that many future threats for humanity will derive from an unprecedented technological evolution, whose impact we will need to recognize and control. in parallel, as technology progresses, so will does the ability to sense our needs and apply new solutions.
Additive manufacturing techniques, synthetic biology, custom materials and ubiquitous computing allow the emergence of new products, customized to the needs of individuals and current society.
Noumena and IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions present the IV edition of RESHAPE competition.
RESHAPE 18 | Sensing materialities focuses on customized garments or products, promoting a healthy living for individuals on everyday basis.
This edition of RESHAPE is split into two categories: wearables and consumer goods. We seek for a wide variety of applications, spanning from fashion tech and prosthetics solutions negotiating with our own bodies, to intelligent products assisting us in our daily activities. RESHAPE 18 challenges makers and designers to present their innovative proposals sharing their solutions among the distributed frame of research and application. State-of-the-art fabrication techniques are required to facilitate the creation of tailored products that tackle daily problematics, such as respiration, contamination, harmful body postures, disabilities, and stress with the intention to improve the quality of our lives.
RESHAPE 18 seeks innovative design solutions, proven by digitally fabricated prototypes. Interdisciplinary processes, experimental approaches, and innovative design strategies are required to become the new pioneers of this digital era.