Architecture and Construction

Double helix of masonry — Researchers discover the secret of Italian renaissance domes

Sigrid Adriaenssens, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton, collaborated on the analysis with graduate student Vittorio Paris and…

Stuttgart light rail bridge hangs on Swiss carbon ropes

On the night of Sunday, May 3, a spectacular bridge-building event will take place in Stuttgart: Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG (SSB) is extending the U6 light…

ArKol Project: Tapping into the Thermal Potential of Façades

The project “ArKol – Development of architecturally aesthetic, integrated façade collectors with Heat Pipes,” just ended in February 2020. The project focused…

Research made easy: DFKI spin-off “baukobox” helps architects with detailed planning

The web-based application was realized as a user-friendly platform by former employees of the TU Kaiserslautern (TUK) and the German Research Center for…

Two NE tree species can be used in new sustainable building material

Two tree species native to the Northeast have been found to be structurally sound for use in cross-laminated timber (CLT) – a revolutionary new type of…

Mobile smart homes and expanded living labs: DFKI and TU Berlin make the future of living more accessible

Turning one’s own four walls into a smart home is not a matter of the future anymore: speech-controlled assistants, intelligent gadgets and digital locks…

Pollination is better in cities than in the countryside

Cities all over the world are expanding. A number of studies have already shown that the conversion of natural areas into built land affects insects and, while…

City research draws on Formula 1 technology for the construction of skyscrapers

City, University London draws on Formula 1 technology for the construction of “needle-like” skyscrapers.

Living bridges: How traditional Indian building techniques can make modern cities more climate-friendly

Inaccessible valleys and ravines lead from the North East Indian Meghalaya plateau to the wide plains of Bangladesh. In the monsoon months the mountain streams…

Corrosion – Slow Decay

The owner of a new Swiss industrial facility for the production of high-tech machinery was faced with a mystery: Kilometres of brand new stainless steel and…

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