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Blaine Brownell


Blaine Brownell's Latest Posts

  • Finnish Startup Canatu Wants to Make More Surfaces Touch-Enabled

    The thin-film technology can be applied to surfaces of all shapes and sizes.

    The company's stretchable thin-films feature novel conductive technology and can be applied to surfaces of all shapes and sizes.

    ARCHITECT December 29, 2014

  • Iron Found to be an Essential Element in Gothic Architecture

    The period's master builders used a hybrid approach to realize their lofty stone structures.

    French researchers used radiocarbon dating of 11th and 13th century cathedrals to find that the master builders of the period used iron to realize their lofty stone structures.

    ARCHITECT December 24, 2014

  • University of California Riverside Researchers Develop Reusable Paper

    Letters and patterns printed in atop a plastic film or glass substrate can be erased with heat.

    Letters and patterns can be printed in color-changing dye atop a plastic film or glass substrate and erased with the application of heat.

    ARCHITECT December 22, 2014

  • A 3D-Printed Envelope That Responds to Humidity

    The system emulates a pine cone to ventilate a structure naturally.

    Researchers at the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Computational Design, in Germany, are developing a 3D-printed architectural system for natural ventilation that emulates a pine cone.

    ARCHITECT December 17, 2014

  • Conceptual Biomimetic, 3D-Printed Gear for Unsustainable Environments

    Each item is designed to respond to specific external conditions.

    Clothing developed by researchers at MIT's Mediated Matter group is designed to house synthetically engineered organisms that could help keep its wearer alive in hostile environments.

    ARCHITECT December 15, 2014

  • University of Michigan Scientists Craft Recipe for Conductive Plastic

    The new material is at least 10-times stronger than conventional alternatives

    The novel, hybrid material features hydrogen bonds that are at least 10 times stronger than conventional alternatives, improving heat dissipation for use in products such as electronics.

    ARCHITECT December 10, 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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