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The warmth of wood

Published 7 years ago by Allie | no responses

Who doesn’t love a good bit of wood? All but the exceptionally dogmatically modernist architects love its warmth and ease of use. It’s naturally attractive to most people: it feels good. There are tens of ...

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Bottle canopy

Published 7 years ago by Allie | no responses

A canopy made of everyday drinks bottles has a splash of colour added, and this simple twist really turns the design around. Over 1,500 PET bottles were filled with coloured water and put on display ...

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Cardboard cathedral

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Soaring, inspiring and prominently featuring cardboard as a building material, is the world’s first ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ by Shigeru Ban a material revolution or simply a cardboard cut out? Here are some of the benefits – ...

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Carbon negative brick

Published 7 years ago by Allie | no responses

A new masonry block has been launched in the UK that is carbon negative. That implies that the finished product, a brick usable for general building purposes, contains more carbon than is emitted during its ...

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No ordinary building block

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A new composite building block system works by 3D printing X-shaped blocks which are then snapped together to form super strong constructions. Could the next high-tech airliner be a ‘LEGO’ block masterpiece? Two MIT researchers ...

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Electrochromic glass

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Imagine buildings constructed entirely in glass. Now imagine the summer heat, then the wintry cold. Unpleasant conditions – especially at height, when windows can’t safely be opened – are a bane for designers. This may ...

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