Design and Innovation, DIcDEA, Second University of Naples
Enza’s research – entitled ‘Porositivity: From Porous Material to Porosity Process Through Design-Driven Materials Innovation’ – investigates the relationship between design and materials science. Her research focuses on the properties and capacities of materials in terms of porosity and how design can inform both the development of future applications as well as scientific knowledge associated with material science. Here, Enza’s research aims to link materials science with social and cultural research, including approaches to the understanding of everyday life. Her approach is practice-based, including mixed methods (including, but not limited to user-centered design, experiments with material properties and dissemination). Enza is collaborating with Hypucem, a spin-off of the Italian National Research Council, which is investigating foams and composite materials through chemistry and engineering. Enza came to the Design Department at Goldsmiths having attended the PhD by Design conference in 2014. Here, she became aware of the richness of dialogue centering on practice research in design as well as the research expertise of the department. Notably, Martin Conreen, a Senior Lecturer in Design, has provided Enza with guidance as well as the opportunity to engage with the Institute of Making and its Materials Library.