Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Will nontechnology lead to disposable buildings?


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I've been kicking the idea of disposable buildings around for a while. And by disposable I really mean a building that can be completely recycled at the end of its useful life. Traditionally, monolithic stone structures have proven most durable. Ancient cultures that built with stone left their mark all around the globe.

We no longer build such enduring structures. Everything we build has a limited life cycle and we can only extend that life cycle through intense - and often expensive- maintenance programs. But what if we embraced the 20, 24, 30, 50 or 60 year life cycle of a facility as inevitable and planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained facilities and infrastructure with a known "end of useful life cycle" built into the DNA of the facility / infrastructure?

Granted, permanency is valued in certain contexts, but we might be very well served by buildings and structures that can be easily dissolved and disposed of in the future. Imagine being able to dissolve steel, concrete and other building materials by sending a message through the building.

The foregoing thoughts have caused me to follow nanotechnology closely. Below I'm quoting from and linking to another nanotechnology article that hints at the future of the building industry. Image directing molecules to re-align on a mass scale in the future, dissolving key components of a building on command.

Precisely arranging these nanoparticles is critical to tailoring the macroscopic properties during nanoparticle assembly. While chemical DNA can be used to induce self-assembly of nanoparticles with a high degree of precision, it only works well for organized arrays that are limited in size – it is impractical for large-scale fabrication. Dr. Xu’s approach is to use block copolymers – long sequences or blocks of one type of monomer molecule bound to blocks of another type of monomer molecule. Like soldiers lining up in formation, the block copolymers assemble at densities of 10 trillion bits per square inch. Dr. Xu's technique promises to revolutionize the data storage industry, eventually leading to the contents of hundreds of DVDs -- or its equivalent -- fitting into a space the size of a thumbnail.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Graphene to increase processor speeds


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Here is another really cool technology related article. The article describes the physical features of graphene, common in lead pencils, that make the substance attractive as a source material for microprocessor circuits. This nanotechnology is pretty cool.

Graphene Article


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Friday, May 7, 2010

Bugs Eat Ammonium Leaving Methane Gas Behind


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Can you say clean energy? The article linked below describes the use of a new type of bacteria that can consume ammonium in the absence of oxygen, a process that may reduce the energy costs associated with most water treatment plants. The by product? Methane gas. Which can be used to fuel an on site power plant that may even be a net contributor to the power grid!


Pretty cool hey?


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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Laser Powerbeaming Technology

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The article linked below describes several laser powerbeaming technologies under consideration by the military. As usual, I find my self fantasizing about the application of these new technologies to the construction industry. If anyone has any thoughts or experience regarding the transfer / use of this technology in the AEC arena please shoot me an email.

Laser Powerbeaming Technology


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