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Blaine Brownell, AIA

Blaine Brownell, AIA

Blaine Brownell, AIA, writes ARCHITECT's Mind&Matter column, which explores the application of innovative architectural materials. He is an associate professor and director of the master of architecture program at the University of Minnesota.

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Material + Products Material + Products

Visible Green: New material opportunities in sustainable design. Read more

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In Denmark, Researchers Clean Water with Recycled Concrete In Denmark, Researchers Clean Water with Recycled Concrete

Passing water through a filter of crushed concrete removes excess phosphorus and prevents the growth of unwanted plant life and algae, say researchers at the University of Southern Denmark. Read more

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Welcoming Nature as a Design Partner Welcoming Nature as a Design Partner

Both biomimicry and biodesign use nature as a guide for creativity—and require designers to relinquish control. Read more

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Bioreactor and Microbial Façades Take Green Energy to Another Level Bioreactor and Microbial Façades Take Green Energy to Another Level

Once a nemesis of buildings, mold, along with other organic life, is becoming a welcomed architectural feature. Read more

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Superhydrophilic Fabric Stores and Releases Pure Water Superhydrophilic Fabric Stores and Releases Pure Water

New treated cotton fabric can be converted into a superhydrophilic material, which can absorb and repel water vapor for drinking water, agriculture, and more. Read more

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