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How Material Experimentation Can Go Well and Go Wrong | Architect Magazine

The recent exhibition “Designing Material Innovation” at the the California College of the Arts explores just that. By Blaine Brownell Visitors to the Back Lot—a parking lot turned multipurpose outdoor studio—at the California College of the Arts (CCA), in Oakland,...
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Bacteria-Activated Wallpaper that Generates Electricity | Architect Magazine

U.K. researchers printed microorganisms onto paper to create a wall finish as well as a solar bio-battery. By Katharine Keane Researchers from Imperial College London (ICL), the University of Cambridge, and Central Saint Martins have successfully created a wallpaper-like covering...
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This Week in Tech: Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Shakes Up the Industry | Arch Mag

Plus, a battery that inhales and exhales oxygen, an interactive pedestrian crossing system in London, and more design-tech news from around the internet. By ARCHITECT Staff Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have created eco-friendly ductile cementitious...
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RIBA Releases Statement on Fire-Safety Design Following Grenfell Tower Tragedy | Architect Magazine

The statement includes commentary on regulatory information, guidance for fire safety, and recommendations for the government. By Katharine Keane The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) released a statement on fire-safety design following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in...
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3-D-printed gyroid models such as this one were used to test the strength and mechanical properties of a new lightweight material. Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT

Researchers design one of the strongest, lightest materials known | MIT News

Porous, 3-D forms of graphene developed at MIT can be 10 times as strong as steel but much lighter. David L. Chandler | MIT News Office A team of researchers at MIT has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene, a...
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The Truth About Specification | Architect Magazine

A new report shines light on why architects favor certain materials over others, and why it matters for your architecture practice. By JOHN SCHNEIDAWIND, FOR AIA ARCHITECT Have you ever wondered why certain materials are used in buildings and homes more than others? Or why you...
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Materials Selection Decisions for Sustainable Buildings

Guidance for architects on selecting building materials that perform well and meet sustainability goals. Brought to you by American Chemistry Council From offices and apartment buildings to state-of-the-art healthcare and educational facilities, architects are designing...
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Managing Your Materials | Architect Magazine

With more product information available online, firms are changing up the way they store specs and samples in-house. By Alice Liao The proliferation of product information online is forcing architecture firms to be judicious about which samples and catalogs to keep on the shelves...
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The Risk of Knowing What’s Actually Inside the Products You Specify

A new white paper from the AIA’s Materials Knowledge Working Group helps architects navigate the growing trove of product-ingredient information. By Hallie Busta Until recently, it was possible for architects to know very little about the contents of the products they specified,...
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The transparent wood is made by removing the lignin in the wood veneer. (Photo: Peter Larsson)

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture – Co.Design

A new material design innovation has made wood practically invisible. Just watch for splinters. by John Brownlee You don’t have to shop at Ikea to see that Sweden is obsessed with wood. Over 57% of the country is covered in upwards of 51 billion trees, and lumber and paper...
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