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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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Tall Timber Construction Code is Still Thinking Small | Architect Magazine

With improved fire safety and proven superior energy performance, tall timber is growing in popularity, but can construction codes keep up? By Ian Spula Mass timber has been on the move in Europe and Canada for some time, where the intersection of energy savings and renewable...
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RIBA Releases Statement on Fire-Safety Design Following Grenfell Tower Tragedy | Architect Magazine

The statement includes commentary on regulatory information, guidance for fire safety, and recommendations for the government. By Katharine Keane The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) released a statement on fire-safety design following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in...
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Fire Resistive, Blast-Rated Glass Walls Provide Vision, Transparency and Protection to High-Security Facilities | Architect Magazine

Fire Resistive, Blast-Rated Glass Walls Provide Vision, Transparency and Protection to High-Security Facilities Building designs are influenced by the function it performs and threats it may face. Brought to you by SAFTIFIRST A building’s design is very much influenced by the...
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Building Materials Turned into Art | Architect Magazine

Theaster Gates’ new show at the National Gallery of Art repurposes roof tiles, wood flooring, and tar into works of art. By Sara Johnson Writing in 2015 about the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Cathy Lang Ho described Theaster Gates as “a new kind of hybrid...
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