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Materiality is a recurring and key issue in architecture. This book explains how materials are -constructed-, how they become substances of our culture. Metabolic Processes follows up on the relationship between natural materials and technology, science, and sensuality.

Gottfried Semper (1803-1879) made the concept of metabolic processes the key element of his theory. He referred to the fact that architectural forms originally resulting from a method of processing a material are used for other substances.

For the first time, the book investigates the subject from a historic point of view whilst reflecting current interdisciplinary findings. Examples from Aalto to Zumthor illustrate the special aspects of erstwhile and contemporary material concepts.