Augmented Skin

Apr 01, 2018No Comments

Hybrid concrete casting system Augmented Skin is a custom casting process that enables the creation of complex objects and building components. The technique utilizes different

Breathe Brick

Air purifying concrete masonry system Breathe Brick is

Dec 17, 2017


Retroreflective concrete BlingCrete is a textile-reinforced concrete designed

Oct 15, 2017



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


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


MX3D Metal

Mar 18, 2018No Comments

3D printed metal structures MX3D Metal is a multiple-axis 3D printing process that creates metal structures in midair. Developed by Netherlands-based Joris Laarman Lab in


Ultralight metallic cellular material Inspired by the lattice

Mar 04, 2018


Smart foil responsive surface Lotus is a responsive

Feb 11, 2018



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


Artichoke thistle chair The artichoke thistle is an

Aug 06, 2017

Plastic + Rubber


Feb 25, 2018No Comments

Cellulose-based polymer One of the first plastics was made from cellulose. In 1855 scientist Alexander Parkes created the first thermoplastic out of nitrocellulose and camphor.

Chitosan Bioplastic

Chitin-based biodegradable polymer Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss

Feb 18, 2018

Fibonacci’s Mash...

Fractal-based environmental screen Mashrabiya is an Arabic term

Jan 14, 2018


Solar Roadways

Jan 28, 2018No Comments

Electricity-generating solar road modules To be most effective, solar power requires an expansive area for energy harvesting as well as a limited distance across which

Solar Activated Faca...

Solar thermal glass and wood cladding system Conventional

Jan 21, 2018

Bar Code

Stratified glass light wall The Bar Code project

Jan 06, 2018

Paint + Paper

Smart Paint

Apr 08, 2018No Comments

Paint that monitors structural health Scientists at Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde have developed a Smart Paint for monitoring the physical health of the structures it


Architectural-scale robotic printer The Facadeprinter creates large murals

Mar 25, 2018

Propolis Vessels

Bio-resin coated receptacles Propolis is a biodegradable resin

Oct 01, 2017



Apr 15, 2018No Comments

Fiber-reinforced plastic with differentiated stiffness The Flectofin is a hingeless flapping apparatus inspired by the deformation principle found in the plant Strelitzia reginae, a flowering

Smart Bandage

Color-changing fibers for wound healing The smart bandage

Dec 03, 2017


Sound-modulating architectural textile system Bloom is an acoustically

Nov 19, 2017


Common Desk

Oct 29, 2017No Comments

Underlit work surface Pasadena, California-based NONdesigns has created the Common Desk, a surface with an unexpected approach to illumination. The collaborative work space is perforated

Ball Wall

Light-harvesting drawing surface The Ball Wall is an

Jul 09, 2017


Solar display interface LightByte is an interactive optical

Jun 11, 2017



Mar 11, 2018No Comments

Plug-in-play building monitoring system Researchers at KieranTimberlake have developed a Wireless Sensor Network to monitor building performance and behavior. Seeking to make buildings as climate

Pneumatic Biomateria...

Water-based fabrication of biomaterial structures Researchers at MIT

Oct 22, 2017


Spatial digital projection system Most three-dimensional displays create

Jul 23, 2017

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