Ideal Materials


Video of Vertical City Premieres in New York

Source: treehugger.com Published: March 7, 2016 © Vertical City Half a century ago the architect Paolo Soleri promoted the idea of an Arcology, “a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the opposite of urban sprawl with its inherently...

Designing Cities to Combat Climate Change

Source: phys.org Published: May 24, 2016 The downtown Dallas, Texas (USA) skyline from a levee along the Trinity River. Facing southeast. Credit: drumguy8800/Wikipedia By Brian Wallheimer, Purdue University Urban planners can take steps to reduce the heat cities may...

5 Surprising Products Made from Hemp

Source: inhabitat.com Published: April 6, 2017 by Maria Novozhilova Hemp is a sustainable supermaterial with a wide range of applications that go far beyond hacky sacks and beaded bracelets. An experimental project called Fabric-Action explores exciting new uses for...

Could Bamboo Replace Steel in Concrete Structures?

Source: govtech.com Published: March 9, 2016 Flickr/aotaro The fast-growing and prolific bamboo plant has some in the construction industry wondering if its high-tensile strength and resilient nature make it a perfect fit for more sustainable building, Sourceable...

Why Bamboo Is The ‘Green Steel’ Of 21st-Century Asian Architecture

Source: ft.com Published: February 2, 2017 Strong, cheap, flexible and sustainable, the material is a natural choice for architects across the continent Vo Trong Nghia’s House for Trees in Ho Chi Minh City © Vo Trong Nghia Architects Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore June 10...

BioMason Makes Bricks from Bacteria Without Heat or Clay

Source: ecopreneurist.com Published: February 21, 2016 by Steve Hanley BioMason is a North Carolina startup company that manufactures bricks without heat or clay. About 8% of global carbon emissions come from making bricks, according to the company’s...

Kinetic Architecture: New Technologies in Building Skins

Source: usgbc.org Published: April 10, 2015 Digital technology, controls, and sensors have radically altered our lives, bringing automation and connectivity to nearly every aspect of our daily existence. Increasingly, this technology is finding itself used in the...

Reindeer Antler Secrets Inspire Stronger Materials

Source: treehugger Published: December 20, 2016 CC BY-SA 2.0 m. prinke Christine Lepisto Reindeer smash their antlers together in mighty battles over territory or mates. The tough material of the antlers resists breaking in spite of these challenges. Now scientists...