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.
Visible Green: New material opportunities in sustainable design. Read more
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
Both biomimicry and biodesign use nature as a guide for creativity—and require designers to relinquish control. Read more
Once a nemesis of buildings, mold, along with other organic life, is becoming a welcomed architectural feature. Read more
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