Could we eventually have smart materials that self-assemble? Perhaps, says ARCHITECT's Mind and Matter columnist Blaine Brownell, if a new scientific discovery at the University of Pennsylvania is examined as to how it might relate to architecture. "As knowledge of material properties increases," he writes, "the means of assembling materials themselves, at a nanoscale or building scale, will also become more automated and sophisticated, enabling parametric construction using smart materials and self-assembling components Read More