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Blaine Brownell

Blaine Brownell

Blaine Brownell, AIA, is an architect and materials researcher. The author of the three Transmaterial books (2006, 2008, 2010), he is the director of graduate studies in the school of architecture at the University of Minnesota.

Blaine Brownell's Posts

The Future of Plastics in ArchitectureThe Future of Plastics in Architecture

Columnist Blaine Brownell, AIA, explores the potential for the often-overlooked material in his analysis of the 2015 Tex-Fab pavilion winner. Read more

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A New Kind of Studio: Teaching Nature-Based Design to Architecture StudentsA New Kind of Studio: Teaching Nature-Based Design to Architecture Students

A recent graduate design studio at the University of Minnesota's College of Design let students explore concepts of natural construction. Read more

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The Not-So-Dystopian Future of Mind Control in ArchitectureThe Not-So-Dystopian Future of Mind Control in Architecture

Columnist Blaine Brownell, AIA, explores a project by students and faculty at the University of Houston's Hines College of Architecture that explores the potential for brain-computer interfaces in the built environment. Read more

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Using Additive Manufacturing to Build With Materials Sourced From the JobsiteUsing Additive Manufacturing to Build With Materials Sourced From the Jobsite

Two firms, one in Italy and the other in California, are combining earthen construction with new techniques to create dwellings using materials sourced primarily from the project site. Read more

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Digifab Update: Architectural Applications for 3D PrintingDigifab Update: Architectural Applications for 3D Printing

Two Oakland, Calif.–based firms, Emerging Objects and Smith|Allen Studio, use additive manufacturing to bring new and standby materials in novel applications into the built space. Read more

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