'Sustainability is commonly perceived as the antithesis of indulgence. But is environmental responsibility really all about renouncing enjoyment, lightness and humour? A new breed of designers is finding ways to combine ideological commitments with life's pleasures, revealing an untapped realm of opportunity at the convergence between greenness and gratification.'

The article, part of the series 'States of Design', by MoMA curator Paola Antonelli in the January issue of Domus (issue 954), focuses on green design and featured the AA thesis project. Titled 'Expandable Surface System', it  was developed by Pablo Esteban Zamorano, Nacho Martí and Jacob Bek, for the EmTech Masters in 2011. It researched into complex geometries and cutting patterns in plywood sheets, pushing the boundaries of standard plywood sheet material and digital fabrication.

As part of the research the students  fabricated several prototypes and one of them, 'Expandable Surface Pavilion', a small meeting-room pavilion for the Spoga Exhibition in Cologne, Germany, is being featured in Domus (page 104). It has also been featured in several design blogs like FRAME, Design boom, among others. It will be also featured in Vogue-Australia in March.

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Date Submitted: 30/1/2012

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