Oct 15, 2017No Comments

Retroreflective concrete BlingCrete is a textile-reinforced concrete designed to reflect light back toward its origin. The precast panels are fabricated with an outer layer of

Biological Concrete

Bio receptive concrete panels The Structural Technology Group

Aug 20, 2017


Concrete-healing microbial patch BacillaFilla is an engineered microbial

Apr 16, 2017


Self-Healing Asphalt

Sep 10, 2017No Comments

Crack-repairing bitumen The asphalt binder in a roadbed is continually degraded by environmental forces such as solar ultraviolet rays. In time, the material loses its


Biologically grown masonry The standard architectural material palette

May 07, 2017

Stone Spray

3D printed mineral structures Stone Spray is a

Mar 12, 2017


Photo-Engraved Aluminum

Oct 21, 2011No Comments

Aluminum panel with permanent photographic transfer The focus of Intaglio Composites is the art of photographic transfer to materials. The company has developed a new,

Adaptive Shading

Customizable grid adaptive shading system For an architectural

Oct 17, 2011


Expanded metal mesh Amico’s APEX expanded metal mesh

Sep 07, 2011


Wood Foam

Sep 03, 2017No Comments

Wood-based insulation Researchers at the Brunswick, Germany–based Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research have developed a new wood-based insulation material that consists of foamed wood particles.


Artichoke thistle chair The artichoke thistle is an

Aug 06, 2017


Mossy wood encapsulated in resin Belluno, Italy–based design

Jun 18, 2017

Plastic + Rubber


Oct 08, 2017No Comments

Variable vacuum-formed plastic Although vacuum-forming molds are typically costly, the parts they produce are relatively inexpensive due to the economy of mass production. Vacuum-formed thermoplastics

Landscapes Within

Hybrid plastic and wood furniture Landscapes Within is

Sep 17, 2017


Recycled HDPE vessels Plag represents designer Waël Seaiby’s

Aug 13, 2017


Switchable Mirror

May 21, 2017No Comments

Electrochromic mirror window Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have developed a mirror that quickly shifts between reflective and transparent


3D-printed optically transparent glass From the discovery of

Feb 19, 2017


Bioreactor facade system SolarLeaf is the world’s first

Feb 05, 2017

Paint + Paper

Propolis Vessels

Oct 01, 2017No Comments

Bio-resin coated receptacles Propolis is a biodegradable resin collected by honeybees for patching beehive openings. Its color varies with its particular botanical origins, although brown

Self-Folding Paper

Transformable polymer composite paper Self-Folding Paper is a

Jun 25, 2017

E Ink Prism

Programmable color ink tiles Buildings consist primarily of

May 14, 2017



Nov 19, 2017No Comments

Sound-modulating architectural textile system Bloom is an acoustically tunable textile surface designed for spaces with varying acoustic needs. The shape-changing suspended ceiling is composed of


Multifunctional bacterial composite Bio-Fabrication is a collection of

Nov 12, 2017


Synthesized spider silk Spider silk has long fascinated

Nov 05, 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


Pneumatic Biomaterials Deposition

Oct 22, 2017No Comments

Water-based fabrication of biomaterial structures Researchers at MIT have realized a technique for printing gel-based structures modeled after the principles of biological construction. The water-based


Spatial digital projection system Most three-dimensional displays create

Jul 23, 2017


Interactive surface with augmented acoustics Contact transforms any

Jul 16, 2017

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