Meeting notes - Margaret Pope:

  • Who is she and what she is doing
  • Slide show presentation on different libraries, there setups and library designs
  • Classification systems.
  • Online Database
  • Important points for starting up library
  • Categorization
  • 14 Possible Material
  • Useful links

Who is she and what she is doing:

Margaret Pope is research consultant, ecialises on materials and its technical qualities. sets up a libraries: as St Martins Material Library, London Metropolitan University Material Library consulted Libraries like Material Connection, Materio and others. as well as works with design and architecture companies as material researcher and consultant.

Slide show presentation on different libraries, there setups and library designs:

explaining different ways of set ups of different libraries, its function, how its practical or not. (very important - to have good, practical physical set up of the library, how files or documents (about companies) related to materials, is it visual lib.?, such like 'Materia', in Paris, or ……)

  • Institute of materilas /London

  • St Martins College materials library/London
  • Library of Science Museum/London -Challenge of Materials -Materials of the Future

  • London Metropolitan University/ London

  • King's College/ London

Deep in the bowels of King's College London there is a space that is home to a collection of some of the most extrodinary materials on Earth. A chunk of Aerogel from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA that, at 99.8% air, is the worlds lightest solid; a tile of aluminium nitride that conducts the heat from one's hand efficiently enough to cut ice as if it were butter; a vial of a totally inert fluorocarbon liquid into which one can place any electronic equipment while continuing to operate it, without any ill effects. These materials are gathered together not only for scientific interest, but for their ability to fire the imagination and advance conceptualisation. Our hypothesis is that not only do technical details enhance aesthetic experience but that in generating physical encounters with matter, one provides an often forgotten way into this technical knowledge.

The library is a physical archive of more than 500 new materials and is growing every month. We specialise in new and advanced prototype materials collected from research labs all round the world. The ideal of the library is to provide a intellectual and sensual intersection between the arts and sciences. We are not trying to create a comprehensive materials collection, instead we are trying to create a thinking space for the Materials Research Group. Read more about the background to our approach.

Classification systems:

-SFB Swedish System ITS A CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM FOR COMPLECS STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS FOR THE BUILDING/ used for architects/engineers urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=d44c21fba37a76fffa16f05e5ea0f959 Abstract

Construction and civil engineering projects include large numbers of design elements, materials, activities, in addition to a diversity of data types and complex relationships. The need to adopt appropriate representational schemes and database technologies that can handle complex data types and relationships continue to hinder the search for solutions to an integrated design-construction environment. This paper describes a scheme that classifies and codes design information to support an integrated building design data model. The model is conceptual and based on the object-oriented paradigm. It uses concepts such as objects, attributes and different relations between objects. The main feature of the model is a set of hierarchies of design objects which have classes for describing the various aspects of design elements of a building. These classes represent elements, materials, geometry and construction activities represented by work sections. The model provides classes of data items from which the designer can select to model the various pieces of design elements and their associated work sections. Attributes provide information included in design and construction documents like drawings, specifications and bills of quantities. The model deals with a diversity of data abstracts including multimedia features like sound and video that can be stored in different design documents.

-CI-Ssb (as construction indeks)

-UNICLASS / Cunstruction industries/ mixed system numerical with alfabetical.

Uniclass is the Unified Classification for the Construction Industry, published in 1997 in UK by the Construction Project Information Committee (CPIC). Uniclass is a new classification scheme for the construction industry. It is intended for organising library materials and for structuring product literature and project information. It incorporates both CAWS (Common Arrangement of Work Sections for building works) and EPIC (Electronic Product Information Co-operation), a new system for structuring product data and product literature.

The Construction Industry Project Information Committee (CPIC), representing the four major sponsor organisations (the Construction Confederation, the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), and the Department of the Environment Construction Sponsorship Directorate were responsible for commissioning and steering the project, which was developed by NBS on behalf of CPIC. Uniclass comprises 15 tables, each of which represents a different broad facet of construction information. Each table can be used as a “stand alone” table for the classification of a particular type of information, but, in addition, terms from different tables can be combined to classify complex subjects.

CI and UNICLASS used most of the time by designers and architects in construction industries. its more flexible and traditional system for classifing materials. such system alows to use numbers and letteres at the same time (numerical & alfabetical combinations)

see below:

Table P (Materials) Used also by EPIC.

  • P1 - Stone, natural and reconstituted
  • P1.1 - Stone, natural
  • P1.2 - Stone, reconstituted, reconstructed, cast
  • P2 - Cementitious, concrete and mineral-bound materials
  • P2.1 - Cementitious materials, binders
  • P2.2 - Concrete, general
  • P2.3 - Other mineral-bound materials
  • P3 - Minerals, excluding cementitious
  • P3.1 - Mineral-based materials
  • P3.2 - Soils, natural
  • P3.3 - Clay-based materials
  • P3.4 - Bitumen-based materials
  • P4 - Metal
  • P4.1 - Steel
  • P4.2 - Iron
  • P4.3 - Aluminium
  • P4.4 - Copper
  • P4.5 - Zinc
  • P4.6 - Lead
  • P4.9 - Other metals
  • P5 - Timber
  • P5.1 - Timber, wood, general
  • P5.2 - Timber, wood, laminated
  • P5.3 - Timber, wood, fibre building boards
  • P6 - Animal and vegetable materials, excluding timber
  • P7 - Plastics, rubber, chemicals and synthetics
  • P9 - Combined, other materials, undefined materials

Online Database:

IDOL (Interior Design OnLine): guide for categorizing materials (to be added, ask Margaret for more details )

Important points for starting up library:

* Key to any systems - INDEX


* Material sample labeling (what have to be on it) :

  • index number (P5.3.1)
  • supplier's web.
  • tel. number
  • the date when the sample was received

(if you have a material sample and want to order it from the company, its useful to know when you got the sample. Some times companies classify products by dates.)

*think of labeling design, how it should look like)

*The cross reference system to be use only for catalogues and samples of materials:

*as a additional information:

  • magazines
  • material books
  • material catalogues

*samples of materials and company links has to be updates once in 2 years

*16 hours per week to keep library in full function - is not enough. *if you don't know how to choose materials for which category - look at the basic materials the company produces.



-Start with: * organizing into categories and sub categories:


  • WOOD


  • METAL P4:
  • -Steel P4.1
  • -Aluminium P4.2

Sub sub categories:

  • FABRICS. P5:
  • -Linin P5.1
  • -Cotton P5.2
  • -Synthetics P5.3:
  • -Organza P5.3.1
  • -Nailon P5.3.2
  • -…….. P5.3.3

From all material and information foam has, we could divide it in to 5 or 6 sections:

  • 1-Inspirational:

-section where would go all materials: found, made…., all what doesn't have technical information, contact addresses, manufactures. (database is not needed)

  • 2- Catalogues, materials, which comes from one company, who collects and provides already selected collections of material samples.

such like -Showtex, Material Connections (needs to be put in to data base, can be sorted by alphabetical order, do to make cross-reference)

  • 3-Material samples(14 possible material categories)

(cross-reference with 4)

  • 4-Information + doc, related with material samples, or not

(cross-reference with 3)

* 5-Books, catalogues. (can be sorted by alphabetical order, do not make cross-reference)

there is one more section, but its not the priority:

  • 6 -Projects

14 Possible Material Categories for FOAM Library:

  • 1-Wood
  • 2-Metal
  • 3-Rubber
  • 4-Glass
  • 5-Plastic
  • 6-Composites
  • 7-Fabrics
  • 8-Electronics
  • 9-Fixings/Fastenings
  • 10-Processes
  • 11-Yarns
  • 12-Active/Smart M.
  • 13-Adhesives/Glues/
  • 14-Situational (marine equipment catalogues, climbing equipments… act)

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