"In search of better (and greener) building blocks"
By Amy Cortese, New York Times, July 13, 2008
Blaine Brownell (Architecture) is profiled in this New York Times Spotlight article. Brownell, just out of graduate school, was frustrated by the lack of information about new building materials. As a result, he launched a Web site -- transmaterial.net -- to "collect and share information on innovative new [building] materials" like smog-eating concrete and zero-energy media walls. Brownell also wrote a companion book, Transmaterial, published earlier this year by Princeton Architectural Press.