Building Materials


Building Materials

  • The 2012 R+D Awards

    This year's research and development awards celebrated pragmatic solutions to real problems that architects face.

  • 2012 R+D Awards Honorable Mention: Bloom

    Primary Investigator: Doris Kim Sung

  • Exhibit: 'Hello Materials'

    From where do our materials come from, and to where do they go? A new exhibit in Denmark investigates. Through Sept. 21.

  • New Super Plastic to Compete With Steel

    High-strength plastics are increasingly used in the place of steel, ceramics, and other heavy materials with high embodied energy. And researchers in Tel Aviv, Israel, have just discovered an even higher-strength plastic, reports Blaine Brownell.

  • A History of Tension

    Frei Otto's Olympic Stadium for the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany, intimated a future filled with organic and mind-bending forms. Have tensile fabric structures lived up to their promise?

  • The Standard

    New York / Ennead Architects

  • Product: Soli Modular Granite

    Granite paver tiles that can withstand pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

  • Building Blocks

    An excerpt from Blaine Brownell’s new book, Material Strategies: Innovative Applications in Architecture, examines mineral use.

  • Product: Centennial Woods Wyoming Snowfence

    Lumber reclaimed from irreparable fences that may be used in many building applications.

  • Product: Altruwood Hand-Hewn Beams

    Timber from dismantled barns in New England and the Midwest.



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