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Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, have patented a bendable and cement-free concrete that is durable and safe according to a university press release. Made of industrial waste products such as fly ash and short polymeric fibers, the material “requires about 36% less energy and emits up to 76% less carbon dioxide as compared to conventional bendable concrete made of cement,” said researcher Behzad Nematollahi in the same release. The fibers enable the concrete to sustain hair-sized cracks without breaking into pieces, making the material ideal for application in disaster-prone areas. [Swinburne University of Technology]
Contributor Aaron Betsky calls Design for Different Futures, a traveling exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Art Institute of Chicago, “one of the best compendia of utopian thinking [he has] seen in a long time.” Despite the seemingly limitless potentials associated with the concept of utopia, the show paints a disconcerting picture of the future. [ARCHITECT]
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