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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Elon Musk reveals plans to create bricks for low-cost housing | Dezeen

Billionaire Elon Musk has announced plans to turn dirt excavated by The Boring Company into a cheap building material. India Block Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced plans to turn dirt excavated by his tunnel-digging enterprise The Boring Company into a cheap...
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How mass timber could transform our cities (really). Recreation of Maison Dom-Ino in wood at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (Courtesy Ventana blog)

How mass timber could transform our cities (really) – Archpaper.com

By Matt Shaw This is a preview of our special November timber issue. Mass timber is having its Maison Dom-Ino moment. At the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a curious structure sat on the grass near the international pavilion in the Giardini. It was an engineered timber...
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Jeff Elkins Bamboo’s high tensile strength makes the material a viable option for construction.

Material Strategies for Sustainable Construction | Architect Magazine

By Blaine Brownell Waste is a crime. Embrace your inner pragmatist and celebrate materials, methods, and technologies that do more with less. Though sustainability rating programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED have contributed fundamental knowledge...
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Can Food Waste be Turned into Building Materials? Arup Thinks So. | Architect Magazine

The multinational firm proposes upcycling organic waste for insulation, flat boards, and other building materials. By Katharine Keane In a new report entitled “The Urban Bio-Loop,” multinational professional services firm Arup proposes a new paradigm for developing building...
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Building Materials From Carbon Dioxide Emissions | Architect Magazine

Mineral Carbonation International and the University of Newcastle have developed a way to turn carbon emissions into a solid material that can be used in green construction materials. By Selin Ashaboglu Australian company Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has unveiled a...
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