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Building Blocks

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An excerpt from Blaine Brownell’s new book, Material Strategies: Innovative Applications in Architecture, examines mineral use. Earthen minerals were some of the first materials that early hominids used to make shelter and tools. Many ancient myths and religions associated earth and stone with human flesh and bone, respectively—minerals of varying consistency were seen as symbolically […]

Material Strategies

Material Strategies

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Innovative Applications in Architecture Blaine Brownell’s best-selling Transmaterial series has introduced designers to hundreds of emergent materials that have the potential to transform our built environment. In Princeton Architectural Press’ new Architecture Brief, Material Strategies, Brownell shows architects how creative applications of these materials achieve such transformations. Chapters based on fundamental material categories examine historical precedents, […]

Matter in the Floating World

Matter in the Floating World

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Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers It seems that Japan contains a higher number of internationally significant architects and designers relative to its geographic size than anywhere else in the world. Japanese designers regularly implement radical experiments in new materials and building systems that successfully address imminent energy and resource challenges. These technological achievements […]

Transmaterial 3

Transmaterial 3

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A Catalog of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment Since the 2006 publication of his best-selling first volume of Transmaterial, author Blaine Brownell has become a recognized authority on new materials, inspiring architects and designers looking to transform the structure, spaces, and surfaces of their projects with the latest high-tech and environmentally friendly products. The […]