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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

T3: The First Modern Tall Wood Building in the U.S. T3: The First Modern Tall Wood Building in the U.S.

The seven-story high-rise in Minneapolis, designed by Michael Green Architecture and DLR Group, will be the largest mass timber building in the U.S. when it opens in late November. Read more

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Reconsidering Carbon and Its Misuse Reconsidering Carbon and Its Misuse

William McDonough, the renowned architect behind the Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy, offers new terminology for the much-maligned element. Read more

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Sustainability is Dead. Now What? Sustainability is Dead. Now What?

While architects debate on a more meaningful way to carry out net-zero design, the U.S. election suggests that half of the general populace is indifferent. Read more

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Annual Earth Overshoot Day Came Early, Once Again Annual Earth Overshoot Day Came Early, Once Again

Humanity is consuming resources faster than the planet can make them, which should prompt architecture firms to use austerity, reuse, and new technology to cut projects' resource consumption. Read more

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The Challenge of Preserving Natural Resources The Challenge of Preserving Natural Resources

The Anthropocene upsetting of the natural world has led to a call for the creation of wildlife-only areas. How would that affect the way we design and build? Read more

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