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Self tinting windows - Bringing real windows back

By Maud Dassen on Jun 13, 2018 12:36:46 PM

 

Topics: Emerging Design
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The concrete of the future

By Maud Dassen on May 23, 2018 10:23:10 AM

 

Wouldn't it be nice if your concrete structure never cracked?

Concrete is one of the most trusted and adaptable material inputs used in construction.  Despite being considered a very durable and strong material, it is highly prone to cracking and erosion. Such limitations see that concrete is in fact not as a resilient material as first assumed. Generally, concrete structures are designed to allow small cracks which are considered to not be too detrimental to the building. But when these crevices become bigger, we start to see problems.  Cracks in the structure create a path for potentially harmful substances to attack the concrete. As these substances reach the reinforcement it begins to corrode it, increasing the chances for structural failure.

So is there a way to increase the lifespan of concrete, preventing corrosion and making it more sustainable and resilient?

 

Topics: Structure Concrete
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Emerging Design: Breathing Skin

By Paulina Solis on May 9, 2018 4:00:00 PM

The Facade of the Future: 

A Natural Way to Heat and Cool your Home

Topics: Emerging Design
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Emerging Materials:  Water Splitting Solar Paint

By Paulina Solis on Feb 8, 2018 4:00:00 PM

 

Building, renovating or designing? How about transforming your roof or walls into energy producing surfaces? [1] [2] This has been made possible by researchers at Melbourne’s RMIT University This new form of solar paint can be applied to almost any surface [3] [4] and is far more cost effective than installing and maintaining solar panels.

 

Topics: Emerging Materials
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Emerging Designs: Active design 

By Sarah Marcius on Feb 2, 2018 4:28:49 PM

Active Design is an evidence-based approach whereby physical activity is encouraged within a community development and/or dwelling. Based upon health research into the impact of physical exercise on combating obesity and other related health concerns, active design sees architectural design as a large-scale solution to improving “the physical, mental and social well-being of communities around the world”i 

Topics: BESS Greenstar Emerging Design
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Emerging Materials: Grasscrete

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Feb 15, 2017 2:37:03 PM

Reducing the Heat Island

How Grasscrete is Reducing the Heat Island Effect

Partially Concealed and Stone Filled Mix (http://www.sustainablepavingsystems.com)

Topics: Emerging Materials
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Emerging Materials: Ferrock

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Feb 15, 2017 8:50:54 AM

Carbon Negative Future

Emergence of Carbon Negative Construction Materials

 

Topics: Emerging Materials
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Emerging Materials: Recycled Plastic

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Feb 8, 2017 10:00:10 PM

Recycled Architecture

Sustainable Design Through Recycling

 

Topics: Emerging Materials
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Emerging Materials: Mycelium Brick

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Feb 1, 2017 2:02:27 PM

The Future is Biodegradable

Development of Bio-fabricated Materials in the Construction Industry

Hy-Fi, Queen, NY, The Living, 2014 (http://www.thelivingnewyork.com)
Topics: Emerging Materials
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Emerging Materials: Thermo Bimetals

By Ilvy Bonnefin on Aug 12, 2016 2:56:21 PM

 In the ever evolving field of architectural design, new and exciting materials are being created in order to reduce the energy used by a building but not limit their ability to considerably heat or cool a building.

Topics: Emerging Materials