Tag: architecture

Bacterial ‘blood’ could heal cracks in concrete

Researchers at Drexel University are experimenting with imbuing concrete with living organisms to extend the building material’s lifespan. And although the new approach is based on cutting-edge technology, the underlying engineering strategy originates within the human body. Concrete is second only to water as the most consumed material on Earth—a particularly problematic statistic, given the […]

Termite mounds may one day inspire ‘living, breathing’ architecture

Termites are often thought to be structural pests, but two researchers have taken a slightly contrarian viewpoint. As detailed in a new paper recently published in Frontiers in Materials, David Andréen of Lund University and Rupert Soar of Nottingham Trent University studied termites’ tens of millions of years of architectural experience exhibited within their massive […]