Blaine Brownell (Architecture) lectured on "Sustainable Material Futures in Architecture" at the Architectural Institute of Japan in Tokyo on June 19, 2009, covering emerging trends in material development based on environmental, economic, and cultural responses, as well as future possibilities.
"If a fabric could regulate the environment more like our biological skin, think of the applications and sustainability." Brownell told Mason Riddle for the article "Smart Materials, Intelligent Futures" in the July/August 2009 issue of Fabric Architecture, published by the Industrial Fabrics Association International. "We need to demand more of our materials. They need to do more than just one thing," Brownell insists.
Brownell gave a keynote lecture at Columbia University on July 21, 2009 on the subject of aging infrastructure. The talk focused on future demands on US infrastructure and possibilities created by emergent material technologies in the spirit of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.