10 innovative materials that could revolutionize the construction industry

January 20, 2017 Sanjana Saluja

Cement that can generate light? Concrete for building on Mars? Translucent wood? Biodegradable furniture? Pollution-absorbing bricks? Redshift  explores some of the research projects taking place around the world in order to take the construction industry to the next level. 

Terreform ONE biodegradable furniture

What if your chair was made out of compost? This is the question posed by this series of experiments with biologically produced benches that are grown rather than manufactured. Together, Terreform ONE and Genspace have developed two bioplastic chairs through similar processes: The first one, a chaise lounge, is formed from a series of white ribs in a parametric shape, with a cushioned top. The second, a children’s chair, consists of interlocking segments that can be used to twist the chair into different shapes.

Find out more information about the motivations behind these projects and how these “experiments” that have already begun large-scale testing are being carried out here.

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