Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete. Samuel McGuire

What is the Future of Concrete in Architecture?

Concrete is the second-most used material on earth, but is also the second-largest emitter of CO2. We examine the trends and innovations shaping its future. by Niall Patrick Walsh Concrete is the second-most used material on earth. It is also the second-largest emitter of CO2,...
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MIT researchers find new approach suggesting path to emissions-free cement

cement is the world’s leading construction material — but did you know producing it is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions accounting for about 8 percent of all such releases? this means that if cement production were a country, it would be the world’s...
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The drywall waste block, winner of ARCHITECT magazine's 2019 R+D award. Courtesy Taiji Miyasaka, David Drake, and Zaky Ramadhan

Can Recycled Materials Create Tomorrow’s Building Blocks?

Blocks made with recycled construction waste face challenges with labor—and industry inertia. by Rick Yelton In the last decade, researchers have been searching for economic solutions that could transform a significant portion of the 548 million tons of solid waste generated...
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How Architects Are Making Concrete Walls Look Like Crumpled Paper

“We’re pushing the limits of what this material can do,” says a designer behind the Kennedy Center’s new building, describing its experimental concrete treatments. The Reach, the long-anticipated expansion of D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, opened to...
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ecovative turns mushrooms into walls, packaging and now meat

ecovative is a business making compostable packaging from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms, for companies like dell and IKEA. now with plant-based foods like impossible burger and beyond meat becoming popular, the company’s co-founder eben bayer, wants to use mycelium to...
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Researchers have developed eco-friendly bricks using organic luffa fibres

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. Rima Sabina Aouf Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal...
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This Week in Tech: Autonomous Vehicles Are Rolling Into Virginia This Summer

Plus, “metallic wood” nanomaterial by University of Pennsylvania researchers, the USGBC’s list of top states for LEED certification, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Yesterday, Boston-based autonomous vehicle technology company...
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Energy-storing concrete bricks could be key to proliferation of renewables

Renewable energy could reliably power the grid at peak times using an eco-friendly and cost-effective storage solution designed by Swiss start-up Energy Vault. Rima Sabina Aouf Renewable energy could reliably power the grid at peak times using an eco-friendly and cost-effective...
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This Week in Tech: A New Building Material Made from Potato Peels

Plus, the world’s first 3D-printed concrete commercial housing project, a new ArchitectChats episode, and more design-tech stories from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi London-based designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll along with research scientist Greg Cooper have developed...
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AIA says EPA should impose a ‘blanket ban’ on asbestos

The national association of architects condemns the deregulation of the toxic building material By Alissa Walker In the latest deregulation effort by the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes to allow new products to be manufactured with asbestos, a...
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