A Malaysian university, the Universiti Teknologi MARA, is experimenting with sewage sludge as a cement additive to make concrete. Potentially this could support the increasing demand for concrete and also solve the issues around disposal of rising sewage volumes. However, as might be expected, the concrete had reduced performance with a higher concentration of sewage
Scientists from Britain and Bulgaria have discovered that oil can form geometric shapes if frozen, leading to speculation that they could “shapeshift” if we can control the process.
Material science provides us with a great opportunity to harness technicalogical innovation with simplicty to provide financially “accessible” design solutions to suit the architecture and environmental vernacular. By simply understanding the inherent properties of ceramics, a team have developed “Bloque Termodisipador BT,” traditional block with an irregular core that promotes cross ventilation and thus cools
“According to a new whitepaper report by Perkins+Will, “What’s New (and What’s Not) With PVC,” in spite of recent advances in plastic chemistry PVC is still responsible for a range of environmental and human health hazards created in multiple stages of its manufacturing process.”
I have often maintained, with my disdain on PVC windows and cladding, that PVC would one day be a health risk the same way asbestos is now understood.
While the risks with PVC are very different, I challenge why, as an industry, we cannot simply revert to natural, renewable and sustainably sourced materials…?