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Eco-Friendly Insulation Offers Thermal Performance, Sound Absorption and Fire Resistance at the Same Time

With the aim of promoting more efficient ways to isolate and protect building envelopes, the Chilean team Rootman has developed Thermoroot; a …

Why wood is back at the top of the tree for architects

Wooden buildings reduce stress, lower heart rates, calm children in classrooms<p>There is a miracle building material – one so environmentally friendly that it extracts carbon from the atmosphere rather than adding to it; a stuff with which structures can go up at lightning speeds, that reduces the …

Engineering

BSI-102: The Coming Stucco-Pocalypse

How can you take a system with thousands of years of history and screw it up? Easy. Keep improving it until it does not work. Babylonians used it. …

Insulating bricks with microscopic bubbles

The better a building is insulated, the less heat is lost in winter—and the less energy is needed to achieve a comfortable room temperature. The …

Self-healing fungi concrete could help repair buildings

Scientists have used fungi to create a self-healing concrete that could repair cracks in ageing buildings and save crumbling …

Cómo (y por qué) integrar tierra y bambú en un proyecto de arquitectura

Cómo (y por qué) integrar tierra y bambú en un proyecto de arquitectura<p>Al reconocer y analizar las múltiples posibilidades constructivas y …

Award-winning rammed earth home in Spain halves normal CO2 emissions

Earth architecture has entailed something of a fringe movement, but the methodology's numerous aesthetic, ecological and financial benefits are …

Miami’s 10 most iconic buildings, mapped - Curbed Miami

Miami may not have quite the same voluminous history as some other major cities across the country but our rapidly developing cultural melting pot still offers a magnificent list of iconic architecture.<p>We attempted to pick out 11 buildings of varying sizes from across multiple eras. Single family …

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed new glass blocks that are …

Clean Energy

Business cards are made from cotton T-shirt scraps

<b>Printing company MOO brings back an old-fashioned way of making paper using fabric waste.</b><p>In the olden days, people made paper from leftover fabric, …

3D printed moth antennae uses smell to detect drugs and explosives

shares<p>In a life-critical situation man-made sensors can take minutes to detect the presence of gas or explosives in the air. A moth however is able …

Moths

FreeFAB 3D Printing Technique Comes to Life in the Crossrail Project

The largest construction project in Europe right now involves digging a new railway system, running east to west across London. Called Crossrail, the …

Engineering

Sydney’s only brutalist building lives to see another day

A judge overturned the government’s decision to not place Sirius on the heritage list<p>Nearly a year after officials in New South Wales rejected a plan to place the Tao Gofers-designed brutalist apartment building in Sydney, Australia, on the heritage list, a judge has overturned the decision.<p>This …

Australia

Downtown Brooklyn’s Chelsea Piers-touting rental unveils apartments from $2,500

The 25-story building has 714 apartments that average just under 800 square feet in size<p>TF Cornerstone’s massive, amenity-stuffed Brooklyn rental, 33 Bond, has now officially launched leasing on its 714 apartments from $2,500 per month. The 25-story Downtown Brooklyn building comes with studios, …

10 of the most ground-breaking uses of plywood in architecture and design

To coincide with the opening of an exhibition dedicated to plywood at London's V&A museum, we've rounded up 10 projects from the Dezeen archives that …

NIST addresses metal 3D printer challenges with digital thread strategy

shares<p>For its value to the efficiency of manufacturing, 3D printing has become a key component of Industry 4.0 aka the fourth industrial …

Manufacturing

Boston wants to fight climate change. So why is every new building made of glass?

If architects, planners, and public officials in Boston mean everything they say about sustainability and climate readiness, why is the city’s latest …

Green Living

Workshop in Italy Constructs Rammed Earth Structures to Rescue Constructive Traditions

In a 12-day workshop, Building Trust International and Terraepaglia joined the Ciuffelli Agricultural Technical Institute in Todi, Italy, with the …

Architecture

Innovative and Beautiful Uses of Brick: The Best Photos of the Week

It can't be denied that architects love brick. The material is popular both for its warmth and for the diversity of expressions that can be achieved …

Plywood's surprising role in shaping our modern world - CNN Style

Written by Tom Morris, CNNLondon<p>Christopher Wilk, curator of a new exhibition dedicated to the eclectic history of plywood at the London's Victoria and Albert Museum, is singing the material's praises.<p>"It really is strong and stable," he says, stood under a plywood airplane that hangs from the …

Construction Industry

Scientists unlock the mystery behind Roman concrete's amazing longevity

The very thing that causes modern concrete structures to corrode has sustained ancient Roman construction over eons.<p>Bloodlust, bad haircuts and the …

Why we should be building out of sunshine

<b>That is what building out of wood and natural materials essentially is: Carbon, water and sunlight.</b><p>Bruce King has written a new book, coming out in …

100% solar-powered winery keeps naturally cool with cork-insulated roofs

An off-grid Spanish winery is harnessing the full power of the sun to ripen grapes and turn the fruit into wine. Local studio Munarq Arquitectes …

Shigeru Ban’s Terrace House Will Be the World’s Tallest Hybrid Wood Tower

Shigeru Ban has released the latest renderings for what will become the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world. Terrace House, now commencing construction on Vancouver’s waterfront, will be a 230-foot-tall residential tower constructed entirely of wood, concrete and steel.<p>The Japanese …

Grenfell Tower cladding identified as cheaper and more flammable option

The cladding used in the Grenfell Tower renovation has been identified as a cheaper and more flammable variety, amid confusion over whether the …

Grenfell Tower

Tall timber: the world’s tallest wooden office building to open in Brisbane

Cross-laminated timber towers are becoming more popular thanks to benefits for the environment and occupants – but are they safe and strong enough?<p>The famous Queenslander tradition of building houses upon wooden stilts is escalating to a whole other level on Thursday – or 10 levels, to be exact.<p>The …

Skyscrapers

Metsä Wood launches ‘Open Source Wood’

A pioneering open innovation project to accelerate growth in large scale wood construction.<p>Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative is a call to …

Grenfell: Tragic lessons from the London tower fire

How regulations, and the initial response, fell short for residents of this U.K. housing estate<p>The fire that consumed Grenfell Tower in West London last Wednesday—which has a confirmed death toll of 79 as of Monday morning—has produced justifiable outrage. Now considered the deadliest in mainland …

News analysis: Five questions about Grenfell Tower that must be answered

The residents of Grenfell Tower in west London had repeatedly warned of the potentially devastating effects of a fire before last week’s blaze. At …

Grenfell Tower

In the May 2018 issue, <i>Architectural Record</i> highlights the very best of recent residential architecture with the annual <i>RECORD</i> Houses issue.