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The concept of ‘Architextiles’ is an interesting construction in the English language, best understood when analysing its history and interaction with other areas of linguistics. Its origin can be traced back to the late 19th century to a combination of the two root words, 'architecture' and 'textile', which when combined, creates a new word with a far more specific meaning. This concept, while most likely existing as an idea before then, was not until then applied to language, hence the first documented use being late in the 19th century. As far as morphology and pragmatics go, ‘Architextiles’ serve to refer to the category of textiles specifically developed for architectural applications and are used for the purposes of both aesthetic and construction needs, the former being their primary function.

Architecture, Textiles, Etymology, Morphology, Pragmatics.

Henry Fontaine


Architextiles, also known as intelligent fabrics, are fabrics with embedded information. These fabrics are designed to react and interact with the environment, providing highly specific responses. They can be used in a variety of applications, including medical monitoring, product design, and robotics. Architextiles have become increasingly popular due to their ability to make the user experience more efficient and comfortable.

Equivalent words for Architextiles include intelligent fabrics, smart fabrics, e-textiles, sophisticated fabrics, techno-textiles, interactive fabrics, embedded fabrics, &

Harris Awan


Architextiles are complex and dynamic materials that are designed to enhance, elevate and integrate architecture and design. They are aimed at creating a sense of connection between the interior and the exterior of buildings, while also adding distinct visual and tactile appeal. Architextiles are often composed of various materials, including fabrics, fibres and natural elements, to create unique and bespoke solutions. They are multi-functional, providing insulation and acoustic insulation, as well as a strong visual presence and a unique atmosphere. Furthermore, they can be combined with other elements, such as stone, metal and glass, to create unique and inspiring interiors.

Textiles, Fabric, Design, Interiors, Material.

Ji-Soo Park


Architextiles are a form of engineered textile that combine the qualities of traditional fabrics with the characteristics of building materials. They are created to meet the demand for lightweight, efficient, and affordable building materials. They usually consist of layers of textiles that are laminated, woven, and/or coated with a variety of materials, depending on the desired outcome. The construction of architextiles typically starts with a base fabric, which is then treated with various additives and coatings to enhance its performance and durability. The result is a material that can be used in a variety of architectural applications, such as walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and even furniture.

Architecture, Textile, Design, Building.

Lauren Moore

CITATION : "Lauren Moore. 'Architextiles.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on March 27, 2023)"

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