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A New Generation of Living Buildings Using Hygromorphic Materials

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programming hygromorphic response, open when wet and open when dry, and thicker materials for slow response. But what if everything we are looking for (in terms of sustainability) could come from the materials themselves, taking advantage of their intrinsic properties, without even relying on electricity? Read more »

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Managing Custom Materials for Enscape

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However, there are an unlimited number of materials, colors, compositions, and arrangements possible in the world of design and construction. When it comes to creating convincing architectural renderings , the quality of the textures can make a profound difference.

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Seeing Through Layers: Translucent Materials in Architecture

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Translucency, at its essence, is an optical property that enables the total or partial passage of light through materials, without providing a clear view of the objects behind them. Traditionally, glass sheets have been the symbolic material associated with transparency, commonly used in the fabrication of doors and windows.

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How Can Modular Housing Production Incorporate Material Locality and Regional Craft?

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However, the locality of the materials used is a significant factor that gives homes their character. This raises questions about its role in modular housing: Can local materials be used in the factory production of homes? It conveys a sense of place, culture, construction history, and local craftsmanship.

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Does AI Correlate Materiality with Contemporary Architecture? An Experiment with Six Building Materials

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This building is made of (material). In this context, while the debate persists in the architectural community about whether AI can process architectural concepts, this article explores how it interprets materials to develop these visual representations. A contemporary building immersed in a built environment. Image via DALL.E

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Concrete Blocks in Architecture: How to Build With This Modular and Low-Cost Material

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Image © Nelson Kon Concrete blocks are prefabricated materials primarily used for constructing walls. Mipibu House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Similar to bricks, these blocks are stacked together and bonded with mortar, typically composed of cement, sand, and water.

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Harvesting Architecture: A Glimpse Into 3 Plant-Based Materials

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Image © Breyden Anderson For decades, our society has predominantly embraced an extractivist approach when formulating models for material manufacturing across diverse industries. Java and Jam Pavilions / i/thee. While we now know that this model is unsustainable, a major question remains: So, how do we do it? Read more »

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