A Backwards Approach to Material Innovation

Blaine Brownell outlines discoveries from his experimental University of Minnesota design studio. By Blaine Brownell “With typical buildings, details are decided upon in the final stages,” writes Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Hon. FAIA, in Matter in the Floating World (Princeton...
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Courtesy Delft University of Technology Self healing asphalt contains small steelwool fibers that can be heated with induction energy to seal microcracks, extending the service life of the road.

Infrastructure is Failing—But These Roadway Material Innovations Could Help

Researchers are developing new technologies for self-healing asphalt, pothole prediction, and more. By Blaine Brownell ‘Tis the season of the pothole—and a myriad of other problems to do with road infrastructure. Winter brings out the worst in pavement: once water penetrates...
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