Thursday, March 8, 2012

Buildings that Repair Themselves?


The article / interview linked below explores the concept of future generation building materials that have the capacity to repair themselves.  I've advocated taking that concept to the next level and utilizing advanced materials to enable buildings to "dissolve" or otherwise self-demolish in an environmentally friendly way.  The other possibility, which is likely to be available sooner than either of those sci-fi concepts is the use of modules to build, ala Legos.

Currently, the best our architecture can be is carbon-neutral. You are looking to nature to go one step further? 
If we change our world view from being centred on machines to being centred on ecology, it starts to become a lot easier to imagine what kinds of technology might complement this approach. The natural world is full of examples: algae technology, the use of trees like baobabsas toilets and the living root bridges of Cherrapungi, north eastern India. But they don’t fit well into an urban environment and they don’t respond fast enough for the lifestyle we demand.

Buildings that Repair Themselves


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