• Theme: Building Materials

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        Known to the ancient Egyptians, glass was first used to create small decorative objects. With time, processing became more efficient and economical, leading to its usage for larger objects and structures such as buildings and houses. The birth of the Maison de Verre in 1932, built by French architect Pierre Chareau...

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    “The stories down here are incredible,” Paul Sehnert, director of development management for Pennovation Center, told ArchiExpo e-magazine before a guided tour of the building. “[One innovator is working on] genetically engineered lettuce to be used as a drug delivery system. It could change human history. This is not...

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    “Too big, too light and impossible to control in flight,” aviation specialists said—apart from Dassault—believing the challenge unattainable. Contrary to belief, the Solar Impulse 2 ended its ’round-the-world flight in July 2016 without having consumed a drop of fuel. Powered only by the sun’s energy, and piloted by...

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    In our last issue, we began discussing our discoveries at Orgatec’s materials exhibition. Beautiful espresso cups made of ground coffee beans, which would normally end up in the trash, got our attention, and from there we gathered information on several products to stir up some inspiration. With nearly 9 million bags...

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    Architecture was embedded in his DNA, passed down by his father and grandfather, and design became his passion. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Gottfried Böhm, a healer and rebuilder, worked with the Society for the Reconstruction of Cologne under architect Rudolf Schwarz after the Second World War. His projects...

    According to the BNC (Business News for Construction) Dubai Construction Market 2016 report, there is a steady boom of construction projects around the UAE and it shows no signs of slowing down. As a result, there is a need for continuous innovation in the area of sustainable design and construction, with customers...

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    Among the many delights this international trade fair for the working world has to offer, in the far back of Hall 8 we spotted an amazing materials exhibition with a number of impressive and intelligent designs. During a speech in Milan last April, Tom Dixon said that designers LOVE materials, and it might come as no...

    A material library, or a designer’s dreamland, is indeed a magical place. ArchiExpo e-Mag visited Cité du Design’s materials library in Saint-Etienne, France. Inspiration, innovation and human connection all play a part in the system here. We later phoned Alexandre Peutin, head of the materials library, to better...

    French company Innovathèque, a master of using technical solutions in design, recently organized a materials exhibition during the Architects@Work fair in Lyon. After months of researching new materials that would respond to the needs of designers, architects and other creative professionals, Power Up: High...

    “Between ash dieback and the emerald ash borer, it is likely that almost all ash trees in Europe will be wiped out, just as the elm was largely eliminated by Dutch elm disease,” said Peter Thomas, a tree ecologist at Keele University, U.K., who did the analysis, published in the Journal of Ecology. “The two together...

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