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“Light as Material” Article Published in Material Discoveries 1 (Materia)

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“CircuitCell” Project Published in Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawing of Buildings (Laurence King)

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Material Strategies Reviewed by Megan Mazzocco in Architectural Products

Building Blocks

Kengo Kuma, Chokkura Plaza

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 connected to the body and its dual characteristics of suppleness and fortitude. Archaeological records indicate active manipulation of stone during the prehistoric period known as the Stone Age, which accounted for more than 99 percent of human existence. The transition from the Stone Age into the Copper and Bronze ages roughly marks the beginning of recorded history. [...]

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Material Strategies

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, current opportunities, and future environmental challenges. Case studies featuring detailed illustrations showcase pioneering buildings from today’s most forward-thinking architectural firms. [...]

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Matter in the Floating World

Matter in the Floating World

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 are combined with an acute awareness of the ephemerality of materials as well as an engagement with the “floating world” of changing cultural behaviors and shifting societal patterns.

In Matter in the Floating World, materials guru Blaine Brownell (author of the bestselling Transmaterial series) travels to the offices of twenty leading material and design innovators in Japan, including Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, and Kazuyo Sejima, to find the connections between materiality and transience in their work. The dialogues in Matter in the Floating World are organized into four sections—lightness, atmosphere, flow, and emergence—that embody various approaches to materiality and evanescence in Japanese architecture and design. There is also a companion website that includes samples from the book as well as exclusive online interviews. [...]

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Blaine Brownell listed as “One of the 101 Leaders in Sustainable City Making and Theory” in The Principles of Green Urbanism: Transforming the City for Sustainability (Earthscan)

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Blaine Brownell Interviewed by Kasper Jørgensen (3XN) in Mind Your Behaviour

Transmaterial 3

Transmaterial 3

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 third volume in the critically acclaimed series presents over two hundred emergent materials, products, and systems that have significant potential to transform the constructed world. Transmaterial 3 provides a broad synopsis of the state of technological advances in materials today with a special emphasis on new developments in the field of biopolymers and various agriculturally derived products; biomimetic products, systems, and processes that seek to emulate natural examples including low-embodied-energy and biochemically manufactured products; “grown” materials; nanoscale marvels; renewable energy technologies; ‘second-life’ materials derived from repurposed waste; and responsive, interactive, and transformational digital interfaces that harness pervasive communication networks and are powered by low-energy illumination sources. An excellent ideas generator, Transmaterial 3 is an indispensable tool for any architect or designer looking to keep up with the current trends in the field of materials. [...]

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Blaine Brownell is 1 of 100 Architects in 1000 Ideas by 100 Architects, by Sergi Costa Duran and Mariana R. Eguaras