Concrete

Watershed Block

Jul 01, 2018No Comments

Cement-free concrete masonry unit Watershed Block is an ecologically responsive and attractive replacement for the traditional concrete block (CMU), one of the most commonly used

Functionally Graded Pr...

Concrete with spatially varying microstructure Functionally graded materials,

May 06, 2018

Augmented Skin

Hybrid concrete casting system Augmented Skin is a

Apr 01, 2018

Mineral

WasteBasedBrick

Feb 04, 2018No Comments

Bricks made from salvaged building materials WasteBasedBrick originated in Eindhoven, Netherlands, home to the Design Academy, where Tom van Soest was a student. He noted

Aerographene

Graphene-based aerogel Aerogel is a type of material

Nov 26, 2017

Self-Healing Asphalt

Crack-repairing bitumen The asphalt binder in a roadbed

Sep 10, 2017

Metal

Flash-Formed Iron

Jun 17, 2018No Comments

Gas-reduction ironmaking process Although steel is the most recycled material globally, steel manufacture is still energy-intensive and exhibits a high carbon footprint. Scientists at the

MX3D Metal

3D printed metal structures MX3D Metal is a

Mar 18, 2018

Microlattice

Ultralight metallic cellular material Inspired by the lattice

Mar 04, 2018

Wood

NeptuTherm

Dec 10, 2017No Comments

Seaweed insulation Throughout much of the year, Mediterranean beaches are littered with clumps of Posidonia oceanica seaweed, also known as Neptune grass. The plant often

Wood Foam

Wood-based insulation Researchers at the Brunswick, Germany–based Fraunhofer

Sep 03, 2017

Artichair

Artichoke thistle chair The artichoke thistle is an

Aug 06, 2017

Plastic + Rubber

Photoluminescent Bioplastic

Jun 24, 2018No Comments

Light-emitting biopolymer Bioplastics offer a broad range of characteristics suitable for design and architectural applications. Architect Peter Yeadon experiments with various configurations of bioplastics and

CO2-Impregnated Polyme...

CO2 infusion-based plastic coating CO2 has a negative

May 13, 2018

Zeoform

Cellulose-based polymer One of the first plastics was

Feb 25, 2018

Glass

Vascular Skin

Jul 15, 2018No Comments

Responsive membrane window Hydrogels are polymeric materials capable of retaining large quantities of water within three-dimensional networks. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab sought to

SolarWindow

Solar energy harvesting window Global energy demand continues

Apr 29, 2018

Solar Roadways

Electricity-generating solar road modules To be most effective,

Jan 28, 2018

Paint + Paper

Van Gogh Path

Apr 22, 2018No Comments

Photoluminescent paving surface The Smart Highway project, developed by Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, envisions responsive roadways that employ energy, light, and data to create safer

Smart Paint

Paint that monitors structural health Scientists at Glasgow’s

Apr 08, 2018

Facadeprinter

Architectural-scale robotic printer The Facadeprinter creates large murals

Mar 25, 2018

Fabric

Orimetric

Jun 10, 2018No Comments

Rubberized origami textile Orimetric is a flexible, structured textile made from geometric patterns derived from origami. Trex Lab Technology has developed a series of material-molding

Poli

3D textile-clad furnishings Poli is a lounge chair

Jun 03, 2018

Flectofin

Fiber-reinforced plastic with differentiated stiffness The Flectofin is

Apr 15, 2018

Light

Swing Time

Jul 08, 2018No Comments

Interactive illuminated playscape Swing Time is an illuminated playscape consisting of twenty interactive swings. Designed to provide an ad hoc city park by activating unused

Common Desk

Underlit work surface Pasadena, California-based NONdesigns has created

Oct 29, 2017

Ball Wall

Light-harvesting drawing surface The Ball Wall is an

Jul 09, 2017

Digital

M-Blocks

May 27, 2018No Comments

Self-assembling robotic cubes M-Blocks are simple cubic robots that propel themselves through space without any conspicuous moving parts. Developed by scientists at MIT’s Computer Science

C-Fab

Freeform 3D wall printing Branch Technology has developed

May 20, 2018

Pointelist

Plug-in-play building monitoring system Researchers at KieranTimberlake have

Mar 11, 2018

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