Depleting oil reserves pose a problem for a world dependent on fossil fuels and plastic. Can the world do without its other favorite petroleum product?
A future of diminishing petroleum resources will serve as a stark contrast with our generous oil-based diet today. A nonrenewable resource with limited reserves accessible with today’s technology and facing accelerated global demand, oil will continue to become more expensive in the long-term—it’s simply a question of how much and when. [...]
April 19, 2011 - 12:48 pm
“Emergent Green” Exhibition Opening @ University of Minnesota
April 17, 2011 - 5:00 pm
Blaine Brownell Lecture: “Substance and Transience in Japanese Architecture and Design” @ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
April 15, 2011 - 3:00 am
Blaine Brownell Lecture: “Material Futures” and Additive Manufacturing Panel @ Hatch Asheville, North Carolina
April 14, 2011 - 3:05 pm
Blaine Brownell Interviewed by Verity Magdalino in Stylus
The race to invent lightweight building materials is producing incredible stuff.
One of the most intriguing material innovations to be introduced to buildings in the past decade is aerogel. Originally developed by chemical engineer Samuel Stephens Kistler in the early 20th century, the world’s lightest-known solid material—made of about 1 percent quartz and 99 percent air—has been nicknamed “frozen smoke” due to its lightness and translucency. [...]