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Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

To date, mid-rise and high-rise buildings have typically been constructed from concrete and steel. But architect Michael Green says that we should use wood instead, because concrete and steel production

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Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world's most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint - but researchers recently unearthed clues to a more environmentally-friendly concrete mixture

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Concrete photo from Shutterstock Sooner or later, even the best sidewalk in the country will develop a crack or two. When this happens, workers are deployed to either fill in the damage or lay down

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Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento is a dwelling placed on a gentle slope that is made almost entirely from precast concrete modules which simultaneously determine its structure and its relationship with the terrain. The

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Discovery of “Corrosive” Concrete Halts Construction of China’s Tallest Building

Discovery of “Corrosive” Concrete Halts Construction of China’s Tallest Building

Several major construction sites in Shenzhen, China have been temporarily closed due to reports of the use of cheap, unsafe and corrosive concrete. A public investigation revealed that several developers

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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Modern skyscrapers are typically made from concrete and steel, but as architect Michael Charters suggests, wood could be a viable construction material for tall buildings that would have a lower

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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Photo via Shutterstock Cracks are a road's worst enemy. Once a crack forms, water is able to enter the paved surface, and when it expands and contracts with changes in temperature it destroys the road.

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Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi i.Lab is located at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, Italy. The V-shaped building is composed of two wings on either side of a central courtyard to

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Spanish Researchers Develop Biological Concrete that Easily Builds Living Walls

Spanish Researchers Develop Biological Concrete that Easily Builds Living Walls

Vertical gardens and green walls are beautiful and environmentally friendly means of adding a little life to architecture - but until now, most required structural foundations to help attach the plants

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Scientists Use Lightning Blasts To Recycle Concrete Debris into New Building Materials

Scientists Use Lightning Blasts To Recycle Concrete Debris into New Building Materials

Photo via Shutterstock Waste doesn't always look like discarded soda bottles or piles of unwanted newspaper. Humans are constantly altering their environments to serve a new purpose or accommodate a

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Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

If you've ever had to seal a crack in concrete, you know what a pain it can be and how quickly cracked concrete can begin to disintegrate. That's why we're so excited about a new technology that would

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Concrete Mode Repurpose Waste Cement Bags into Sturdy Totes

Concrete Mode Repurpose Waste Cement Bags into Sturdy Totes

Concrete Mode is a Thailand-based company that creates incredibly sturdy totes, bags and pencil cases the discarded bags used to transport concrete. Concrete is the most consumed man-made material on

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Turn Your Houseplants into a Work of Art with MDC Interiors’ Indoor Concrete Wall Planter

Turn Your Houseplants into a Work of Art with MDC Interiors’ Indoor Concrete Wall Planter

From furniture made using reclaimed wood to a living table that doubles as a bonsai tree planter, Michael Carpenter of MDC Interiors has been developing a wide range of innovative green interior

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Liverpool Villahermosa Department Store Gets a Twisting Concrete Double Skin

Liverpool Villahermosa Department Store Gets a Twisting Concrete Double Skin

Echeverria was asked to create an innovative and easy to install new skin for the shopping center, which would also be resistant to the extreme humidity of the tropical region. After trying out both

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Bishan Park: Singapore Transforms a Concrete Channel Into a Vibrant Riverside Park

Bishan Park: Singapore Transforms a Concrete Channel Into a Vibrant Riverside Park

Situated in the heart of Singapore, Bishan Park is one of the city's most popular green spaces. Once a utilitarian concrete channel, the site has been transformed into a naturalized river through a

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Totally Tubular TubeHotel In Mexico Offers Up Accommodations In Recycled Concrete Pipes

Totally Tubular TubeHotel In Mexico Offers Up Accommodations In Recycled Concrete Pipes

Inspiration for the Tubehotel came from the work of architect Andreas Strauss and Desparkhotel and the need to adapt an inexpensive room for users. The client liked the concept of the pipe hotel and

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Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Energy began developing its concentrating solar power troughs back in 2007 and has also been working on concentrating photovoltaics, which they recently finished testing. Both their CSP and CPV

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added

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SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

Marine infrastructures create severe stress on natural ecosystems, namely through shoreline degradation and erosion near coastal population centers. The shifting and blocking of land masses at the

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MVRDV and COBE to Transform Danish Concrete Factory Into Rock and Roll Museum

MVRDV and COBE to Transform Danish Concrete Factory Into Rock and Roll Museum

The massive site totals over 147,000 square feet, including 26,000 square feet of existing buildings. The architects' solution was to build on top of the existing halls, adding three new levels. The new

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Chicago Children’s Center Has a Stratified Facade Made of Donated Concrete

Chicago Children’s Center Has a Stratified Facade Made of Donated Concrete

Tight budgets often lead to very creative thinking, which is what Studio Gang had to employ to build this two-story, 16,800 sq ft facility. Faced with unknown and uncertain materials, the firm had to be

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New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

Japanese construction and design firm TIS & Partners has just unveiled a strong and surprisingly low-tech brick that can be rapidly produced in disaster areas, and applied to the quick construction of

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Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Although the home is made to sit comfortably on the beach, a parking lot will have to suffice for now. Two of the home's most striking features are its materials and its size. The concrete slabs hold all

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BRC Polishes Remnant Concrete to Create Glossy Custom Tables

BRC Polishes Remnant Concrete to Create Glossy Custom Tables

We have been digging Benjamin Rollins Caldwell’s innovative furniture - namely his vintage circuit board tables- but we've also become entranced with his new “Money Tables.” Made from salvaged

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Using Recycled Concrete Could Reduce Road Paving Costs by 10-20%

Using Recycled Concrete Could Reduce Road Paving Costs by 10-20%

Civil engineering researchers at Purdue University are currently trying to perfect a process for the handling and reuse of recycled concrete. It is believed that recycling concrete could help reduce

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Concrete Tower is a Dungeon-Inspired Addition To an 18th Century French Greenhouse

Concrete Tower is a Dungeon-Inspired Addition To an 18th Century French Greenhouse

While the orangery is not an obvious part of the project, the family's home addition is connected to the old building on the west side. Built into the hillside, the building's rock base, which contains

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Asia’s First School Made of Plastic Bottles is 3x Stronger than Concrete

Asia’s First School Made of Plastic Bottles is 3x Stronger than Concrete

From family homes to entire temples, we've seen a lot of bottle architecture here at Inhabitat, but this is the first bottle school we've come across, and we think it makes so much sense. Plastic bottles

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Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Researchers at the U.K's University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures -- that means everything from concrete sidewalks to

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Precast Concrete Bases Improve Wind Turbine Efficiency

Precast Concrete Bases Improve Wind Turbine Efficiency

Photo © Flickr DraconianRain A recently-released report announced that the use of precast concrete bases can actually make wind turbines sturdier, more efficient, and less resource-intensive to

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