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Concrete Canvas® - The innovative GCCM technology made in the UK. Why Roman concrete is stronger than it ever was, while modern concrete decays. 'silica plastic block' is a sustainable brick made from recycled sand + plastic waste. 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?

MIT researchers find new approach suggesting path to emissions-free cement

This means that if cement production were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter. aiming to solve this problem, a team of researches at MIT has come up with a new way of manufacturing emission-free cement that could eliminate the total emissions while also making other useful products in the process. ‘about 1 kilogram of carbon dioxide is released for every kilogram of cement made today,’ comments yet-ming chiang the kyocera professor of materials science and engineering at MIT. Bartlett architecture students fuse glass and metal to create building skin. Students at the bartlett school of architecture, part of university college london, explored fusing glass with metal at an architectural scale to create building skins that are continuous and discrete. the student team consisting of ainaini rahin, sun meng yan, jian fei, led by the tutor kostas grigoriadis, wanted to propose a new multi-material that enables a more direct, immediate and orderly building technique, forgoing the current practice of messy tectonic assemblages. close-up view of metal and bullseye glass frits functionally graded material study model. gradient of glass and metal fluids that fuse within a certain period of time. one of the main issues the students encountered when fusing glass with metal in an architecture scale was the firing process and keeping the gradient accurate when following the computational simulation results.

bartlett architecture students fuse glass and metal to create building skin

Frontal and side views of the functionally graded material model where the exterior glass skin was topologically optimized. Old glass may find use in new, better concrete. MIT researchers discover way to move 25 ton stones with only their hands. Australia's tallest timber building makes a towering case for eco-friendly construction. Fracture-resistant cement inspired by the spines of sea urchins.

The natural world is a constant source of inspiration for scientists and engineers.

Fracture-resistant cement inspired by the spines of sea urchins

The latest biologically influenced innovation comes from a team of German researchers who developed a new type of stronger cement inspired by nanostructures found in sea urchin spines. World's first Biological House is built from farming waste. The problem with reinforced concrete. By itself, concrete is a very durable construction material.

The problem with reinforced concrete

The magnificent Pantheon in Rome, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, is in excellent condition after nearly 1,900 years. And yet many concrete structures from last century – bridges, highways and buildings – are crumbling. Many concrete structures built this century will be obsolete before its end. Given the survival of ancient structures, this may seem curious. High hopes for tiny house made from hemp. As any good hippy will tell you, the cannabis plant isn't only good for getting stoned.

High hopes for tiny house made from hemp

Hemp has been used for thousands of years for all kinds of stuff, including making rope, clothing, and even cars. With this in mind, Albany, NY-based Green Built has high hopes it can bring cannabis construction into the US mainstream with its hemp-based tiny house. Joking aside, it's important to note that hemp construction isn't new or even unusual outside the US, and makes sense as a sustainable building material. Green Built aims to use Hempcrete (essentially a mix of hemp, lime and water) to build its tiny house. Seeds planted for London's first wooden skyscraper. Researchers at Cambridge University's Department of Architecture, working alongside PLP Architecture and engineering firm Smith and Wallwork, have presented conceptual plans for a wooden skyscraper to London mayor Boris Johnson.

Seeds planted for London's first wooden skyscraper

Today's CO2 may become tomorrow's concrete. As carbon emissions continue to rise and cause the planet to warm up, we need to find ways to reduce them.

Today's CO2 may become tomorrow's concrete

Step-by-Step Earthbag Building. This Instructable explains each main step of construction for building vertical earthbag walls.

Step-by-Step Earthbag Building

Videos on my Earthbag Natural Building YouTube channel demonstrate the process. How to Build a Dirt Cheap House in 4 Steps. Ever wonder how to build a simple home for very little money, without going into debt?

How to Build a Dirt Cheap House in 4 Steps

The key is to use low-cost, locally available natural materials such earth, small diameter wood and straw to keep expenses to a minimum. BioSkin defies urban heat island effect to help keep buildings cool. The BioSkin that coats the NBF Osaki Building in Tokyo integrates evaporative cooling to keep its surface temperature down Image Gallery (9 images) The urban heat island effect, whereby the high concentration of heat-retaining concrete and bitumen causes metropolitan centers to be significantly warmer than the rural areas surrounding them, is a common problem around the world.

BioSkin defies urban heat island effect to help keep buildings cool

The phenomenon is particularly prevalent in Tokyo, Japan, but among the sea of towering structures stands one beacon of hope. The BioSkin that coats the NBF Osaki Building integrates evaporative cooling to keep its surface temperature down and could inspire new solutions to rising city temperatures across the globe. View all The 25-story NBF Osaki Building was completed in March, 2011 and is the first structure to use the BioSkin system. Hardscaping 101: Gabion Walls: Gardenista. Older Hardscaping 101: Gabion Walls by Janet Hall Issue 28 · Bastille Day · July 17, 2014 Newer Issue 28 · Bastille Day · July 17, 2014 Share on email. Zeoform: The eco-friendly building material of the future?

Zeoform promises a recyclable, low carbon-footprint building material that's as strong as ebony Image Gallery (4 images) Australian company Zeo has developed and patented a glue-free process that creates a strong, versatile new building material out of just cellulose and water. The resulting hardwood-like material known as Zeoform can then be sprayed, molded or shaped into a range of products. And it's not just trees that stand to benefit – Zeoform also promises an eco-friendly alternative to the use of plastics and resins. The environmental advantage of using cellulose as raw material is that, as the most abundant organic compound on Earth, it can be extracted from a wide range of sources including recycled paper, fabrics and plants.

Expert Advice: American-Made Building Essentials, Courtesy of Lake. Older Expert Advice: American-Made Building Essentials, Courtesy of Lake|Flato Architects by Sarah Lonsdale Issue 79 · Made in America · July 5, 2013. Wood poised to scrape the sky. Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture. Umbrella facade designed for Shanghai complex. The new screen will feature steel umbrellas that can be individually opened and closed and used to manage light levels within the complex (Image: 3Gatti) Image Gallery (9 images)

10 Favorites: Full Height Sliding Doors and Partitions. Affordable net zero: foam in, air conditiong out. By prioritizing energy minimization, and taking a pragmatic approach to materials and insulation, client Dr. Modernizing the mashrabiya: Smart-skinned Al Bahar Towers near completion. Glass-skinned steel-frame skyscrapers have many advantages. They're relatively quick, inexpensive and easy to build and require comparatively few materials. But they pose problems; heat not least among them.