It is fascinating to think that colour could not only affect the aesthetics of our architecture but also the environmental performance. A new blue pigment, YInMn Blue has been developed and now licensed by Shepherd Colors for commercial use. Mas Subramanian, has been credited with the discovery and is based at Oregon State University as
As an Architect I am always striving to bring new efficiencies to our architecture to provide sustainable solutions that are viable for our clients. This evolution in concrete slab design takes some existing thinking and refines it further with a product with multiple applications. Holedeck is a system of voided concrete slabs slabs that can be pierced
Elena Mitrofanova is a graduate of the the Moscow Institute of Architecture and collaborated with Dr Paolo Bombelli (Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge) to design a green wall facades that has the potential to generate electricity from it’s planting. Moss Voltaics The design is composed of modular clay “bricks” planted with moss and utilizes new scientific
This competition winning design will create a new Waste to Energy Plant that will incinerate a third of the waste generated each year in Shenzhen East with a population of 20 million, comsuming around 5000 tonnes of waste per day. The design team have designed the facility to also educate the local population about the benefits of
The Andes House, a design studio from Chile, designed this simple workspace as part of an exercise exploring the strengthening of hard board and dual applications for furniture and interior architecture. I applaud this simple and cost effective solution to defining internal spaces and the way that The Andes House have “designed” through materiality rather
It is widely accepted that using wood in building construction can be effective at reducing carbon emissions from the process. Imagine the sustainable benefits of densified cities that use the sustainable material that could have a double impact on the emissions generated from our population centres. The Great Fire of London in 1666 should add
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.