Curated Lists

CURATED LISTS

Curated Lists include a selection of products from the Materials Lab library, assembled around diverse material themes. 

BUILDING REUSE, REUSE IN BUILDING
This collection highlights strategies for integrating circular products. Included are material products that have been reclaimed from existing buildings, products that have been recycled from pre- and post-consumer building and industrial waste, and products that can be used for retrofitting existing buildings to meet progressive building standards.

 

GRASSES
This list includes a wide range of material products derived from the Graminae family of flowering plants. Of more than 12,000 known species, common examples of grasses grown in high volumes around the world include bamboo, corn, rice, sorghum, and wheat. Although grasses for human use are most prevalent in the food supply chain, providing just over half of global dietary energy, they are also viable resources for products in many other industries, including buildings and infrastructure. Grasses are also considered rapidly renewable crops, meaning they grow in a cycle of less than 10 years, an important factor for the environmental-friendliness of grass-based products.

 

MATERIALS IN TEXAS
Materials in Texas is a survey of regional building materials and resources. Utilizing local materials helps to minimize the embodied carbon of new construction and renovation; material transportation alone accounts for 16.5% of the embodied carbon in the built environment. Furthermore, the use of regionally sourced, assembled, or otherwise manufactured materials contributes to the healthy development of local economies, creates opportunities to honor and sustain local building ecologies, advocates for the community interest necessary to maintain sustainable building life-cycles, and delivers meaningful connections to site geography.

 

WOVEN
Woven showcases the versatility of materials assembled through the practice of weaving. Included in this list are over sixty products, representing a wide array of woven materials suitable for diverse applications. Woven materials are formed by the joining of two distinct sets of threads interlaced at right angles: a set of vertical yarns, the warp; and a set of horizontal threads, the weft. Endless variation and complexity can be introduced from this simple starting point, producing results that vary in density, permeability, and structure.

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    If you’re flying out of Austin-Bergstrom @ausairport during fall break, keep your eyes open for a new installation from @utsoa faculty @Kory_Bieg and Clay Odom @studiomodo!
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    If you’re flying out of Austin-Bergstrom @ausairport during fall break, keep your eyes open for a new installation from @utsoa faculty @Kory_Bieg and Clay Odom @studiomodo!

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    Fusible glass sheet is our #materialoftheweek! One of the most vibrant product categories in our collection, options vary widely by color, pattern, opacity, and texture.
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    Fusible glass sheet is our #materialoftheweek! One of the most vibrant product categories in our collection, options vary widely by color, pattern, opacity, and texture.

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    A beta version of the @mindfulmaterials portal launched this week at the @greenbuildexpo! The mM Portal is a product database filtered by the Common Materials Framework (CMF), a new, industry-wide standard for assessing sustainability holistically.
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    A beta version of the @mindfulmaterials portal launched this week at the @greenbuildexpo! The mM Portal is a product database filtered by the Common Materials Framework (CMF), a new, industry-wide standard for assessing sustainability holistically.

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    Today we are spotlighting the material library of local firm @mf.architecture! <br />.
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    Today we are spotlighting the material library of local firm @mf.architecture!
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    Here’s a fun find from the library! Cork wall tiles from AmCork are made from 84 - 93% post-industrial recycled cork and can be used for wall and ceiling applications.
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    Here’s a fun find from the library! Cork wall tiles from AmCork are made from 84 - 93% post-industrial recycled cork and can be used for wall and ceiling applications.

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    If you’ve visited the Materials Lab lately, it was probably hard to miss all the construction! Two of the four @utsoa buildings, the West Mall Building and Battle Hall, are buried under scaffolding as they undergo much-needed façade renovations.
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    If you’ve visited the Materials Lab lately, it was probably hard to miss all the construction! Two of the four @utsoa buildings, the West Mall Building and Battle Hall, are buried under scaffolding as they undergo much-needed façade renovations.

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    This semester we’re sharing some favorite finds, rediscovered as we inventory each section of the Materials Lab library.
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    This semester we’re sharing some favorite finds, rediscovered as we inventory each section of the Materials Lab library.

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    Now on view at the @visualartscenter: an installation by @castielvitorino featuring local materials of Central Texas, including compressed earth blocks, limestone, and mesquite. Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro is the Visual Arts Center’s Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence.
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    Now on view at the @visualartscenter: an installation by @castielvitorino featuring local materials of Central Texas, including compressed earth blocks, limestone, and mesquite. Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro is the Visual Arts Center’s Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence.

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    Look who dropped in! We just received a large donation of tile samples from @clayimports , headquartered right here in Austin. Clay Imports was founded by brothers Zac and Nick Barreiro, with a mission to streamline the tile production process from manufacture to installation.
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    Look who dropped in! We just received a large donation of tile samples from @clayimports , headquartered right here in Austin. Clay Imports was founded by brothers Zac and Nick Barreiro, with a mission to streamline the tile production process from manufacture to installation.