As the speed of technological progress continues to accelerate, innovation threatens to outpace architects' and designers' working knowledge of materials, thereby limiting their applicability. In order to stay at the cutting edge of design, a knowledge of the uses, properties, and sources of new materials is essential. A sequel to the critically acclaimed and best-selling book Transmaterial, Transmaterial 2 is a clear, concise, accessible, and carefully edited resource that provides information about the latest and most intriguing materials commercially available.
Based on a compilation of Blaine Brownell's "product of the week" electronic journal, Transmaterial 2 includes more than two hundred materials and is indexed in multiple ways for maximum convenience. An excellent ideas generator, Transmaterial 2 is an indispensable tool for any architect or designer looking to keep up with the current trends in the field of materials.
Blaine E. Brownell is an architect, materials researcher, and sustainable building advisor. Educated at Princeton and Rice universities, he is an advocate of harnessing the latest materials expertise to transform the way we make buildings and products. Brownell is the author of Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment , and he writes for the Transstudio, Worldchanging, and Core77 websites
Brownell has practiced architecture in Tokyo, Nagoya, Houston, and Seattle. His work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, Architecture, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forward, New Scientist, Popular Science, Sustainable Industries Journal, and Seattle and Portland Daily Journals of Commerce. His work has also been exhibited at the Seattle Architectural Foundation, Center on Contemporary Art, and Consolidated Works in Seattle, as well as at DiverseWorks in Houston and the Centre Universitaire Mediterranean in Nice.
Brownell was selected for a 2006 "40 Under 40 award by Building Design & Construction magazine, and is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Japan for 2006-7. He is currently living in Tokyo, researching Japanese material innovations for a forthcoming book, Matter in the Floating World.
8 Innovations That Will Rock Your Next Concrete Project, Building Design & Construction:
"If you think youve seen it all when it comes to concrete construction, then you havent sat down with Blaine Brownell. "
— Dave Barista
Excerpts From the Techno-Bible, Architect Magazine:
"Entries in the book are organized by a products materiality, in straightforward categories such as concrete, wood, glass, plastic, light, and digital."
— Shelly Hutchins