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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 explore the hydrophilic-hydrophobic phase transition in hydrogels, which occurs slightly

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 urban spaces, Swing Time offers three different sizes of light-emitting,

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 building materials. Watershed Materials, a technology start-up in Napa, California

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 dopes them with selected impurities to enhance their properties. Yeadon

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 University of Utah have evaluated the conventional steel manufacturing process