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Blaine Brownell

Blaine Brownell

Blaine Brownell, AIA, is an architect and materials researcher. The author of the three Transmaterial books (2006, 2008, 2010), he is the director of graduate studies in the school of architecture at the University of Minnesota.

Blaine Brownell's Posts

A Promising Future for Ice Architecture A Promising Future for Ice Architecture

Colder winters and 3D manufacturing technology could mean a new market for building design. Read more

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Five Cutting-Edge Building Materials to Watch in 2016 Five Cutting-Edge Building Materials to Watch in 2016

These products and technologies draw inspiration from the natural world. Read more

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A New Fabrication Method for Spray-On Solar Cells A New Fabrication Method for Spray-On Solar Cellsweaetxdyvaydzcwq

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. Read more

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Researchers Develop Steel That Can Bend Like Bamboo Researchers Develop Steel That Can Bend Like Bamboo

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. Read more

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This 3D Printer Extrudes Carbon Fiber and Kevlar This 3D Printer Extrudes Carbon Fiber and Kevlar

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. Read more

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