Researchers in Norway are developing silica aerogel, an ultra-light and low-conductivity material, for use in insulated glass window units.
By modifying steel's granular structure to reflect that of the natural building material, researchers in the U.S. and China were able to improve its mechanical performance under stress.
Startup MarkForged's first product is a 3D printer that extrudes continuous carbon fiber and other resilient materials to create objects with high strength-to-weight ratios.
Purdue University researchers have developed a technique to produce sensory and stretchable "soft machines" for use in consumer electronics and robotics.
Known for its innovative uses of materials, the Switzerland-based firm finds a contemporary application for one of the world's oldest construction materials.
A German studio channels nature with an analog textile printing process that uses microalgae to color its patterns in saturated, photo-sensitive hues.
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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