Mind & Matter


Blaine Brownell


Blaine Brownell's Latest Posts

  • Dutch Architects Bring Lightness to Infrastructure

    Light materials and illusory perspectives take the weight off of two bridges.

    Two bridges by RO&AD in The Netherlands use minimal construction and illusory perspectives to dematerialize the typically dense infrastructure type.

    ARCHITECT August 20, 2014

  • NBBJ Develops a Sunshade Prototype

    A dynamic, user-controlled canopy blocks infrared and sunlight.

    The Seattle-based design firm tackles solar radiation and sunlight with a user-controlled, responsive sunshade that swaps window blinds for cantilevered shelves.

    ARCHITECT August 18, 2014

  • Researchers Discover a Biocompatible, Conductive Protein

    A protein found on squid skin may help biomedical technology better communicate with the human body.

    Found in the skin of the common pencil squid, the protein could be used to improve biomedical and other electronic devices that work with the human body.

    ARCHITECT August 14, 2014

  • A New Fabrication Method for Spray-On Solar Cells

    Perovskite solar cells aren't as efficient as silicon cells, but they require less energy to produce.

    Researchers at the University of Sheffield developed perovskite-based spray-on solar cells, whose production is less carbon-intensive than the more common silicon alternatives.

    ARCHITECT August 12, 2014

  • A French Pavilion Reimagines the Mirrored Façade

    Polished steel plates sway in the breeze for a dynamic cladding.

    Wind and user interaction activate the more than 300 steel plates that clad the structure to give it an ever-changing face.

    ARCHITECT August 07, 2014

  • Researchers Develop Nanoscale Photographic Film

    The technology allows for higher-resolution imaging in commercial and research applications.

    The material allows users to capture images at distances shorter than the wavelength of light, resulting in higher-resolution imaging in commercial and research applications.

    ARCHITECT August 05, 2014


About the Author

Blaine Brownell

Blaine Brownell

Architect and materials researcher Blaine Brownell, AIA, is the author of the three Transmaterial books (2006, 2008, 2010), which provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century, high-tech Grammar of Ornament. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, Blaine researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.



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