Vantablack grown on tinfoil by Surrey NanoSystems

Which star architect will be first to use blackest of black material?

Maker of spray-on version of Vantablack working with “global architects” as well as Anish Kapoor by Javier Pes The British company developing the uses of a super black, light absorbent material called Vantablack S-VIS is working with leading architects as well as the British...
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Petr Novikov/Stone Spray A concept bridge conceived by Stone Spray, a 2012 research project out of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, in Barcelona, that uses oil-based spray-deposition with soil and dirt sourced onsite.

The Architect as the Orchestrator of Information | Architect Magazine

The digital and analog worlds are merging in the built environment, welcoming a new class of materials and an unprecedented scale of innovation that together are changing the role of the designer. By Blaine Brownell When MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte wrote Being...
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Harvard Graduate School of Design / Jennifer Girard Participants in the opening materials-themed panel discussion, from left: Kiel Moe, AIA (moderator), Jan Knippers, Gail Peter Borden, FAIA, Skylar Tibbits, and Sheila Kennedy, FAIA.

Four Big Questions Guiding Material Innovation in Architecture | Architect Magazine

Emerging issues around advances in material technology for construction were front and center at the Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials Conference in Chicago earlier this month. By Blaine Brownell Conferences about architectural materials are largely consensus-based...
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Watch: Boeing On How They Developed The World’s Lightest Material | Co.Design

Their “microlattice” metal is 100 times lighter than styrofoam but strong enough to be used as structural components in airplanes. For years, Boeing has been developing an extremely lightweight material that could be used for airplane parts. Despite being made from...
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A wall constructed in glazed-headed Flemish bond with bricks of various shades and lengths: cc Pawel Wozniak

Today we like Handmade Brick! Brick architecture and design projects | Dezeen magazine

Architects are beginning to rediscover the potential of handmade bricks, which offer subtle colour variations and a wider variety of textures than the standard mass-produced version. Recent examples include an asymmetric house in Belgium, a canal-side development in London with...
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3DP & Powder-Based Cement, A Breakthrough for Construction, Architecture? > ENGINEERING.com

A UC Berkeley research team led by architecture professor Ronald Rael has unveiled the first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date. The debut of this groundbreaking project is a demonstration of the architectural potential of 3-D printing. It will...
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This Week in Research: Self-Planning Streets, Wind Turbines On the Eiffel Tower, and a Knock-Activated Lock – Architect Magazine

We round up the latest in materials and architectural research. By ARCHITECT Staff This week, we’re sharing news of a bio-inspired algorithm that aims to let neighborhoods design themselves, a plan to rehab Pennsylvania’s infrastructure, acoustic wall panels made from...
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Three Contemporary Projects Make a Compelling Case for Innovation – Architect Magazine

From Seville, Spain, to Toledo, Ohio, novel uses of architectural materials create spaces that have won over their public in a relatively short time. By Blaine Brownell, AIA Marking the occasion of the completion of the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain, architecture critic...
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