Gallery: Researchers Developing Coral-Like Living Skin for Buildings


Researchers at the University of Greenwich in the UK are developing a carbon negative building material that would not only help fight climate change but protect the structures it is built upon. The material is made from protocells — super simple cells that have only the basic elements of life, yet are able to grow and multiply — that will capture carbon in their membranes and grow over time to create a hard, coral-like armor around or under buildings.

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  1. ruveka January 20, 2012 at 6:15 am

    i am a student of architecture and i am interested in the article. Has this material been used in a building?

  2. Gander December 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    It looks like Science-Fiction may becoming Science-Fact.

    Uk Sci-Fi writer (my favourite) Peter F. Hamilton writes in his novel ‘Pandora’s Star';

    “More common was the encroachment of drycoral, a plant originally found on Mecheria. New residents planted the genetically tailored kernels along the bases of their houses, carefully tending the long flat strands of spongy pumicelike stone that grew quickly up the walls, broadening out to form a sturdy organic shell around the entire structure, with simple pruning keeping the windows clear.”

    I look forwards to seeing this technology develop.

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