Since the 2006 publication of his best-selling first volume of Transmaterial, author Blaine Brownell has become the undisputed master of new materials, inspiring architects and designers looking to transform the structure, spaces, and surfaces of their projects with the latest high-tech and environmentally friendly products. The third volume in the critically acclaimed series presents over two hundred emergent materials, products, and systems that have significant potential to transform the constructed world. Transmaterial 3 provides a broad synopsis of the state of technological advances in materials today with a special emphasis on new developments in the field of biopolymers and various agriculturally derived products; biomimetic products, systems, and processes that seek to emulate natural examples including low-embodied-energy and biochemically manufactured products; "grown" materials; nanoscale marvels; renewable energy technologies; 'second-life' materials derived from repurposed waste; and responsive, interactive, and transformational digital interfaces that harness pervasive communication networks and are powered by low-energy illumination sources. An excellent ideas generator, Transmaterial 3 is an indispensable tool for any architect or designer looking to keep up with the current trends in the field of materials.
Blaine Brownell is an architect, sustainable building advisor, and material researcher. He is the founder and director of the design/research firm Transstudio, and has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. He was selected for a 2006 "40 Under 40" award by Building Design & Construction magazine, and was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Japan for 2006-2007, during which time he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science.
Our interactive LED table in Transmaterial 3 !, Because We Can:
"Transmaterial 3 just came out! If you are not familiar with this series, you should definitely pick one up. A great resource and inspirational guide to all kinds of innovative materials, techniques and applications."
— Julian Northrup
Transmaterial: A Catalogue of Materials Redefining Our Physical Environment, MAC International:
"With more than 200 materials, organized by category, described, pictured, and annotated with technical and sourcing information, this catalog is an essential tool for any architect or designer interested in keeping up with the rapid developments in the field of materials, looking for a source of inspiration of their designs, or just eager to get their hands on real materials in an effort to understand the incredibly innovative palette now available to us."
This Just Inbox: Transmaterial 3 - Out Today!, Core77: Design Magazine & Resource:
"Those in need for materials inspiration, Blaine Brownell just announced the publication of A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment, also known as Transmaterial 3. The third volume of the Transmaterial series features over 200 emergent materials, products, and systems that have significant potential to transform the constructed world. Within the fast moving world of materials, we consider Transmaterial 3 a good way for architects and designers to keep up with the current trends in the field of materials. For an impression of the book and some fresh materials - checkout the recently updated website at transmaterial.net which offers a free newsletter with weekly materials."
— Aart van Bezooyen
Cleveland Design City:
"Now in its third edition the physical manifestation of the popular Transmaterialwebblog has recently been released by the publisher and is now available at your book outlet of choice. Mine arrived from Amazon Monday (to my surprise, I pre-ordered and completely lost track of time)."