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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

Concrete's Moment of Reckoning Concrete's Moment of Reckoning

Manufacturers of cement, the concrete ingredient with the highest embodied energy, face many environmental concerns as well as opportunities to clean up their act. Read more

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The Annual Earth Overshoot Day Came Early, Again The Annual Earth Overshoot Day Came Early, Again

Humanity is consuming resources faster than the planet can make them, which should prompt architecture firms to use austerity, reuse, and new technology to cut projects' resource consumption. Read more

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Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Architectural Authenticity Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Architectural Authenticity

Wood siding that has been beveled and sand-cast to emulate stone at the American Founding Father's residence raises questions of material sincerity in architectural expression. Read more

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Getting Inside Philip Johnson’s Head at the Glass House Getting Inside Philip Johnson’s Head at the Glass House

A comparative analysis of the midcentury architect’s famed residence and SANAA’s contemporary, sinuous River Building reconsiders the former’s legacy. Read more

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Architecture's Technological Moment Architecture's Technological Moment

The rapid pace of technological change stands to have a profound impact on the built environment and our relationship with it. Read more

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