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[A] crusade to find, evaluate and report on new sustainable materials.
Traversing Mr. Brownell’s web site is like browsing through a catalog of human ingenuity.
A steady flow of inspiration… a 21st Century version of the Grammar of Ornament.
Interactive surfaces, soft machines, and self-healing products are among the developments in architectural technology expected to continue this year. In 1988, the author Tom Forester claimed in The Materials Revolution: Superconductors, New Materials, and the Japanese Challenge (The MIT Press, 1988) that three mega-technologies would one day dominate global industrial activity: information technology, biotechnology, and […]
New material opportunities in sustainable design Throughout history, the designed environment has been visibly influenced by transformations in technology, culture, and the natural world. Historians like Bashford Dean have visually chronicled the morphological evolution of human products and artifacts over the course of centuries, revealing design’s responsiveness to crises and opportunities. In the latter part […]
Stuttgart University employs robots to fabricate the shell of a pavilion about innovative construction methods. Robots are gaining traction when it comes to the highly precise construction of geometrically complex assemblies. Initially, architects employed them to fabricate small-scale, prototypical installations. But as the technology continues to develop, architects are using machines to create larger, permanent […]