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Mushrooms Become Source for Eco-Building

Published 12 years ago by materia | 2 responses

TROY — Eben Bayer grew up on a farm in Vermont learning the intricacies of mushroom harvesting with his father. Now the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate is using that experience to create an organic insulation ...

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The fabric of architecture

Published 13 years ago by materia | no responses

We associate textile mainly with fashions. The textile industry does however have numerous other applications. The book Technotextiles reviews the most recent developments in textile technology in various industries, linking developments in fashion, architecture, design, ...

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Texture

Published 13 years ago by materia | no responses

Of all sensorial qualities of a material, texture hits our tactile sense strongest. Our tactile sense is the first we activate, and it is our largest sense too. Even before birth an embryo is aware ...

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Temperature

Published 13 years ago by materia | no responses

The temperature of a material would not seem to be an obvious propert. Why reflect on it? Increasingly the design community is incorporating product perception, whereby a material’s cuddle factor plays an important rol. And ...

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Message on a tile

Published 13 years ago by materia | no responses

The past few issues of this materials column focused mainly on the “sensorial properties of material” such as gloss, texture, perceived temperature, weight, and translucence. Statistical information on search behavior of the focus group on ...

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Growing old beautifully

Published 13 years ago by materia | no responses

Patina we associate mainly with natural weathering of bronze sculptures. Or with a coating on an object that has been in the ground for a long time. This is how the object acquires its specific ...

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