Author Archives: Blaine Brownell

Materials for the Carbohydrate Economy

Detail of the wheat straw tile facade of the Vanke 2049 Pavilion, Shanghai

One of the most significant future transformations in the material sphere will be the development of a carbohydrate economy. This will be a global economy based primarily on renewable material feedstocks—as opposed to our current economy, which is founded largely on the consumption of nonrenewable feedstocks like fossil fuels.

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