A Backwards Approach to Material Innovation

Blaine Brownell outlines discoveries from his experimental University of Minnesota design studio. By Blaine Brownell “With typical buildings, details are decided upon in the final stages,” writes Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Hon. FAIA, in Matter in the Floating World (Princeton...
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26 scholarships and groups working to diversify architecture

Professional groups and student initiatives making architecture a more diverse field By Patrick Sisson Illustrations by Sunra Thompson Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information. In reporting last year...
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Photo by Glenn Halvorson for Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Frank Gehry with his lead-scaled fish sculpture at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Lead: Why do architects and designers still specify dangerous substances?

And what can be done when public health safety requires their removal? Blaine Brownell explores. By Blaine Brownell When I was an undergraduate student in architecture, one of my classmates built a model out of lead. He obsessed over the material, which was heavy yet soft and...
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Trump’s Steel Tariff Will Make Construction More Expensive

Increases caused by the new tariffs threaten to make many projects unaffordable. This story was originally published in Concrete Construction Construction costs escalated in February, driven by price increases for a wide range of building materials including steel and aluminum,...
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Prices for Wood, Other Construction Materials far Outpace Other Commodities, BLS Says

Government’s latest PPI report shows annual price hikes of as much as 27% By Craig Webb Wholesale prices for construction products–particularly wood–have risen several times faster than for wholesale goods overall, today’s Producer Price Index report...
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ARCHITECT Launches Inaugural Call for Products

Showing a new product at June’s AIA Conference on Architecture? Submit it to our first-ever Product Call for potential publication in our June issue and on our website. Deadline is April 25. By Selin Ashaboglu Exhibiting a new product at the AIA Conference on Architecture...
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Architecture Schools Database launched to help students find the right course

The US should follow this platform in education to help those interested in the field find the right resources… The Architecture Foundation has launched a free schools database to help students discover architecture schools and their research projects. India Bloc...
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Collapse of Artifice and Black Dog Publishing “terrible blow” to architecture

Architecture publishers Artifice and Black Dog have become insolvent, leaving architects scrambling to rescue copies of books and retrieve digital files. India Block Independent London architecture publishing company Artifice and sister publisher Black Dog Publishing have become...
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Alternative Wood Products and Processing Methods to Watch

Blaine Brownell highlights several readily available, experimental, and speculative products and innovations. By Blaine Brownell The AEC industry recently has a newfound appreciation for wood and its applications in tall and mass timber construction. But the material’s...
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Material Trends to Watch in 2018

From algae-derived plastics to biomimetic insulation, these materials will likely make a splash in design and construction this year. By Blaine Brownell “Creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species,” writes biologist E.O. Wilson in The Origins of Creativity...
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