Architecture and Construction

Programmable heat transition

Effective thermal management with programmable materials. Energy is scarce – and like all scarce things, it comes at a price. That is why Germany needs to greatly reduce its energy…

Rapid rise in urban sprawl worldwide

Strongest increase since 1990 in Europe. Despite many efforts to curb urban sprawl, it continues to progress dramatically. From 1990 to 2014, urban sprawl increased by 95 percent worldwide. During…

Solar facades at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona

Architects from HTWK Leipzig show how solar modules can be integrated aesthetically and efficiently into curtain-type concrete and aluminum facades. Using solar energy on the walls of buildings – that…

Digital transformation in construction industry requires more support

Researchers identify the main obstacles preventing efficient digital transformation in the engineering and construction industry. In recent years, the engineering and construction industries have been exploring the use of digital…

A swarm of 3D printing drones for construction and repair

An international research team led by drone expert Mirko Kovac of Empa and Imperial College London has taken bees as a model to develop a swarm of cooperative, 3D-printing drones….

PPE can be recycled to make stronger concrete

Engineers at RMIT University have developed a method to use disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) to make concrete stronger, providing an innovative way to significantly reduce pandemic-generated waste. The RMIT…

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