Mind & Matter


Blaine Brownell


Blaine Brownell's Latest Posts

  • 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

  • University of Manchester Researchers Develop Graphene Super Paint

    The strongest known substance takes the form of a transparent coating.

    The strongest known substance takes the form of a transparent coating in new research from the university whose scientists were credited with discovering the material.

    ARCHITECT December 08, 2014

  • Stanford Engineers Explore One Material's Superhero Potential

    The novel mechanical adhesive lets one researcher scale glass curtainwalls.

    The novel mechanical adhesive mimics the functionality of a gecko's feet and could one day help robots—and even humans—scale buildings for repairs and installations.

    ARCHITECT December 03, 2014

  • Mexican Startup Converts Waste Styrofoam into Usable Plastic

    The hard, polystyrene pellets can be used to create new products.

    The novel manufacturing process breaks down closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam into pellets that can be used in the manufacture of new products.

    ARCHITECT December 01, 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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