We love hearing about new materials coming to market, as they offer so much potential to change the way we build, make, or even feel within an environment. Remember Light Transmitting Concrete? The Energy Curtain? Thank goodness for Blaine Brownell. A Seattle based architect, he has been researching and logging the coolest new materials for the last five years. 200 of his finds have been compiled into a book, Transmaterial, which was just published in December.
Recently interviewed in Business Week, Blaine discussed the diverse material innovations that have occurred due to technology, necessity, and curiosity. This same curiosity for the wide range of available products, in contrast to their limited use, has propelled Blaine to keep on looking for and sharing new ideas.
In addition to his Transmaterial site, Blaine also keeps a blog reflecting on the possibilities for environmental, social, and economic change through design. We pretty much think he’s found an answer to a lot of our problems; it’s just up to us to do something about it.