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

Two Natural Rebar Alternatives for ConcreteTwo Natural Rebar Alternatives for Concrete

From basalt fiber aggregate to bamboo strips, researchers are seeking a way to green the common structural material, writes columnist Blaine Brownell, AIA. Read more

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Designing the Post-Natural Built EnvironmentDesigning the Post-Natural Built Environment

Columnist Blaine Brownell, AIA, argues that the architecture discipline must break out of its silo to embrace interdisciplinary collaborations that rethink the way people live, work, and build. Read more

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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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Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

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