Material Innovation Architecture

Andrew H. Dent, Leslie Sherr, George M. Beylerian, Gail Peter Borden

A first title in the ambitious new series that identifies and examines the innovative materials that are transforming art, design, and technology practice

Materials technology is the single most important agent of change in our entire designed landscape, from the buildings in which we live and work to the clothes we wear. This volume on architecture features carefully selected buildings that showcase the innovative use of a particular material. The book focuses on specific categories of materials and features an extensive range of projects, from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to the Ordos Art and City Museum in Mongolia. The materials employed in each project are cross referenced to an extensive illustrated directory featured in the book, and the texts are authoritative yet accessible. Clearly structured and illustrated with carefully selected images throughout, this book will connect material to reader and will inspire both students and professionals to pursue the optimal material for each specific application.


Approachable…Both Dent and Sherr balance their respective sides of material expertise and brand consulting to create a collection of buildings representing the best use of a particular material in a creative way.

— Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects

From cutting-edge technological advances to novel applications of tried-and-true methodologies, co-authors Andrew Dent, Ph.D, and Leslie Sherr present a well-curated selection of materials in an impressive series of highly visual, broadly informative compendia.

— Core 77

Offers a wealth of cutting-edge, creative ideas for manipulating material technology…Recommended.

— Choice


Andrew H. Dent


Andrew H. Dent is Vice President of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion.

Leslie Sherr


Leslie Sherr has written extensively about architecture, design, and gardens. As a brand strategist, she has worked for several leading communication design firms, most recently C&G Partners

George M. Beylerian

Preface By

George M. Baylerian is the founder of Material ConneXion.

Gail Peter Borden

Introduction By

Gail Peter Borden is the head of Architecture at the University of Southern California.