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An indispensable reference for design professionals on selecting and using materials in new ways to make their designs ever more efficient and effective
A detailed reference to production techniques and materials counsels today's product designers on the range of processes, from traditional crafts to the latest technologies, in a guide that profiles more than seventy manufacturing processes.
Describes 35 ecologically sound materials and processes
Without high-tech building materials the modern structures of today's architecture would be inconceivable and unbuildable. Made of ... presents a wide range of the innovative building materials that are currently being developed, as well as their applications for today's architecture. Made of ... introduces architects to new approaches to sophisticated building concepts that are made possible by the use of high-tech building materials. In each chapter for example Reinforced, Glass Fibers, Carbon Fibers, Natural Fibers, Sandwiches, Honeycombs, and Foams the qualities of a new material are explained and evaluated. Their applications are not only explained in insightful texts, but also clarified in images of current architectural projects that use them. Today, the demands on a building in terms of sustainability, energy efficiency, and security are constantly rising. A structure also has to address the social aspects of those who use it and be immune to the pollutants that attack its surface. At the same time, the demands on building materials are also rising, as are those on the architects who use them. Made of ... gives architects both inspiration and practical advice as to how they can work with innovative building materials today in a way that is also viable for the future. -- Book Description from Website.
The latest instalment in the Manufacturing Guides series, this book is targeted at students and professionals who create graphics or packaging for mass production. With some 400 specially commissioned photographs and technical illustrations, it describes more than 35 manufacturing processes, from the traditional and long-established to cutting-edge technologies.
Virtually every revolution in architecture has been preceded by a revolution in materials: think iron, glass, steel, concrete, plastics, or composites. What is the next revolutionary material that will reshape the very nature of architecture? A solid that's lighter than air, metal latticework so delicate it rests on a dandelion, building insulation made from processed seaweed, self-generating microbial glue that repairs cracks in concrete, or transparent solar panels? Materials expert Blaine Brownell, author of our bestselling Transmaterial series, reveals emerging trends and applications that are transforming the technological capacity, environmental performance, and design potential of architecture in Transmaterial Next. This book is an essential compendium for thinking architects, designers, and other creative professionals passionate about materials and looking for their bleeding edge and practical implementation.
"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."--P. [4] of cover.

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