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A Material World – Blaine Brownell

Material use and understanding has increasingly become more directly linked to architectural practice and to architectural education. The tactile and aesthetic qualities of materials have always been of comparable measure to design, construction and architectural experience. But now, emergent materials and their associated technologies are rapidly altering the way designers work and the way end-users engage buildings. This series seeks to address the ever-expanding world of materials and their incorporation into our built environment.

The RDA Fall 2010 Lecture Series, A Material World, will focus on materials and material practices—digital fabrication, integrated practice, and cutting-edge designs—as they relate to and are employed by the built environment. Speakers include academics and architects who focus on material use and technologies in innovative ways.

Wednesday, October 6
Blaine Brownell
Transstudio, St. Paul, Minnesota


All lectures will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, located at 1001 Bissonnet (enter via the Main Street door.) No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 7:00 p.m. Please join us for pre-lecture wine receptions at 6:00 p.m. in the MFAH Foyer at 1001 Bissonnet.

Additional parking at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is available until 7:00 pm for $3 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 and older
$10 – Students with identification
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability):
$7 – RDA, MFAH members; Senior citizens 65 and older; Students with identification
$10 – Others

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  1. 1

    [...] Brownell will give the opening talk of the Rice Design Alliance 2010 Fall Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 6. Entitled “A Material World,” the series will explore the [...]

  2. 2

    Hi Carol, Richard,

    Cool lecture coming up at mfah, also check out their books: Transmaterial 1,2,3.

    Tacke care,

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