Blaine Brownell of the Seattle office of architecture and design firm NBBJ has created a remarkable (and free)document that looks at how new materials are reshaping our world. He breaks materials down into seven categories and is constantly updating his database.The categories are:
Materials which are stronger, lighter, and more durable than their conventional counterparts.
Materials which exploit depth in their manufacture for enhanced stability, texture, and richness
Materials which act as surrogates replacing precious raw materials conventionally used in various applications.
Materials consisting of two or more different materials acting in harmony to augment performance.
Materials that are designed to improve their environment and which take inspiration from biological systems.
Materials which undergo a physical morphosis based on environmental stimuli.
Materials which facilitate the interaction between physical and virtual worlds.
One can also subscribe to his product of the week and keep your library topped off- this is a valuable resource and great credit is due to Blaine and NBBJ for making it available to all.
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