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Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1568985633 ISBN-10: 1568985630 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568985630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568985633
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... a catalog and exploration of some 200 global eco-techno hybrids, an emerging field that has the attention of designers and scientists alike. -- Fast Company, Nov. 2006

A must-have for designers of all walks. Transmaterial's attention to the increasingly blurred lines between art and material. -- res magazine, march/april 2006

Colorful and stimulating, and you don't have to be an architect to appreciate it. . . there is endless inspiration here. -- New Scientist (UK), Februaury 2006

Truly innovative . . . will be of interest to all involved in the design arts who seek a greater understanding of emerging materials and to all who are committed to expanding the traditional classifications of materials within the building industry. -- Journal of Architectural Education, Nov. 2006

"From fully recyclable architectural resin panels to self-cleaning glass, Blaine Brownell has pretty much seen it all when it comes to sustainable building materials. " --Building Design and Construction

"(Transmaterial) identifies products that make a difference - aesthetically, environmentally, socially, and, yes, structurally." -- Architect

"From concrete that absorbs carbon dioxide to scratch-and-sniff wallpaper, the innovations compiled in this book are transformative, multi-functional and ultra-performing. . . . The pages that fill Transmaterial cover 10 categories in the conversational yet informative tone of a material fanatic." -- Azure

About the Author

Blaine Erickson Brownell is an architect and an associate with NBBJ, with eight years of experience working in Tokyo, Houston, Nagoya, and now Seattle.

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Blaine Brownell is an architect, author, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He earned a B.A. in Architecture with a Certificate in East Asian Studies at Princeton University in 1992, and a Master in Architecture from Rice University in 1998. He worked with Yung-Ho Chang, Mark Wamble, and NBBJ before establishing the design/research practice Transstudio, which focuses on disruptive material applications and emergent environmental building strategies. Brownell is considered one of the preeminent scholars of advanced materials for architecture and design, having authored the Transmaterial series with Princeton Architectural Press (2006-2010), in addition to an online material catalog that has been likened to "a 21st Century version of The Grammar of Ornament." Brownell has been published in over forty design, business, and science journals, and has lectured widely in North America, Europe, and Japan. He was selected for a "40 Under 40" award by Building Design & Construction magazine in 2006, and Transmaterial was nominated for an International Book Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007. Brownell was a visiting research fellow at the Tokyo University of Science as a Fulbright recipient (2006-07), and has taught at the University of Michigan (2007-08) and the University of Minnesota (2008-present).

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I bought this book long time ago and it proved to be a great choice.
waterlilly
Blaine Brownell's recent book Transmaterial looks exclusively at recent material innovation in an attempt to "redefine our physical environment".
Arch Monkey
I enjoyed the photos and the fact that every time I pick up the book, I learn something new.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Arch Monkey on April 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a profession, architects and designers are obsessed with understanding and appreciating materials. When materials are better understood and better utilized, architects and designers typically produce better projects.

Recent innovations in material technology, design and use have come to the forefront of architectural design and have begun to question the very way in which we fabricate our built environments.

Blaine Brownell's recent book Transmaterial looks exclusively at recent material innovation in an attempt to "redefine our physical environment". Based upon Brownell's email digests and website of the same name, Transmaterial is a materials reference book subdivided into sections with material images, descriptions, and contact information for the products. The format is easily accessible, and the content is concise. Due to its ease of use and readability, the palette of materials available to the reader/designer/architect encourages current and future project introspection.

For example, why use just basic concrete when you could use translucent concrete instead? How about utilizing a collapsible, reusable textile brick system in lieu of a traditional stud and drywall partition for a project? The possibilities for integrating different, new, and innovative techniques are endless for almost any design project.

As evidence of the book's success, Brownell has already begun work on a follow-up to Transmaterial as more materials or innovations become readily available.

A resource such as Transmaterial provides more than just innovative materials for our use, but encourages potential for innovation for the environments that architects and designers create.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paprika on March 10, 2006
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Although some of the items listed seem to be artist's projects that are in no way commercialized or buyable, this book is a treasure of inspiration and a good catalogue of new technologies.

It can make your project come true. I don't know how often it is put out, but I can imagine that it is very quickly outdated.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yunior on November 3, 2006
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introductory book on materials. catalouge basically! no precise details. just brief information about surfaces
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kang Jun Koo on January 11, 2007
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Not bad informations in it because it covers so wide range of architectural materials, but its depth of knowledge is rather shallow.

It might be good for a reference when you need something new but there's no special derection on it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francine Naegele Vaz on November 3, 2006
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A wide variety of materials and its properties for you to use. Very practical.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Minnie on March 7, 2006
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I love this book! This is a great resource for anyone who works in a creative industry. It's not only a beautifully designed masterpiece, but it successfully brings the worlds of technology, materials, and design together in an easy to understand, helpful and above all else, inspirational and fun way. A must-have resource.
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By Judith C. Feist on February 16, 2013
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the book arrived far earlier than expected, which was nice. I've been reading through it and am happy I was able to find it at such a good deal!
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As an architecture student, I found this book to be quite useful in studio courses. Materiality is something students often struggle with, and this book opens up boundaries (as well as including some more conventional choices). For schools stressing sustainability, this book becomes an even more useful tool.
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