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Biological Concrete

Aug 20, 2017No Comments

Bio receptive concrete panels The Structural Technology Group at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has developed a new type of concrete that supports the growth of small mosses, fungi, lichens, and microalgae. The multilayered material

plag

Plag

Aug 13, 2017No Comments

Recycled HDPE vessels Plag represents designer Waël Seaiby’s noble effort to upcycle the disposable plastic bag. Approximately one million such bags are used each minute across the globe, and over 90 percent wind up in landfills.

artichair

Artichair

Aug 06, 2017No Comments

Artichoke thistle chair The artichoke thistle is an edible plant that has been harvested in central and western Mediterranean regions since ancient times. One of the most prevalent plant species in Greece, the artichoke thistle is

self-healingpuu

Self-Healing PUU

Jul 30, 2017No Comments

Self-healing poly(urea-urethane) elastomer Self-healing plastics automatically restore themselves when damaged. These materials conventionally mend broken bonds with the aid of an external stimulus, such as light, heat, or changing pH level. Scientists at Spain’s IK4-CIDETEC research

aerial3d

Aerial3D

Jul 23, 2017No Comments

Spatial digital projection system Most three-dimensional displays create pseudo-3D images on 2D planes by taking advantage of a perceptual phenomenon called human binocular disparity. However, there are many challenges to this method, including the limitation of

contact

Contact

Jul 16, 2017No Comments

Interactive surface with augmented acoustics Contact transforms any hard surface into a sound and light instrument. Developed by Felix Faire while a student in Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab, the interface employs contact piezoelectric microphones and waveform

ballwall

Ball Wall

Jul 09, 2017No Comments

Light-harvesting drawing surface The Ball Wall is an interactive light surface that allows visitors to map gestures by spinning an array of low-friction balls treated with a luminescent coating and mounted on a wood and metal

biomimicry

Biomimicry

Jul 02, 2017No Comments

3D printed polyamide seat With the aid of 3D printing, designer Lilian van Daal’s Biomimicry chair represents a more sustainable alternative to the conventional furniture production practices of combining a variety of dissimilar materials with toxic

self-foldingpaper

Self-Folding Paper

Jun 25, 2017No Comments

Transformable polymer composite paper Self-Folding Paper is a paper surface that transforms when heated, automatically generating intricate multidimensional structures. Labeled thermocatalytic metafolds by mechanical engineer Ata Sina, who developed the technology at the University of British

undergrowth

Undergrowth

Jun 18, 2017No Comments

Mossy wood encapsulated in resin Belluno, Italy–based design firm Alcarol aims to imbue its wood furniture with visual memories of the forests from which it originates. The firm sources lumber from fallen trees in the Italian