Transmaterial Next

Virtually every revolution in architecture has been preceded by a revolution in materials: think iron, glass, steel, concrete, plastics, or composites. What is the next revolutionary material that will reshape the very nature of architecture? A solid that’s lighter than air, metal latticework so delicate it rests on a dandelion, building insulation made from processed seaweed, self-generating microbial glue that repairs cracks in concrete, or transparent solar panels? Transmaterial Next reveals emerging trends and applications that are transforming the technological capacity, environmental performance, and design potential of architecture. This book is an essential compendium for thinking architects, designers, and other creative professionals passionate about materials and looking for their bleeding edge and practical implementation.

“A foretaste of how near-future science could transform engineering and design.”

“The new book Transmaterial Next, by Blaine Brownell, catalogues remarkable innovations in material science, from the lightest substances ever made to self-assembling robotic cubes.”

“Though material innovations are rapidly changing, many of Transmaterial’s entries highlight the best of the best from the past few years.”

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