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New Alloy Coating Builds an Inner Shield to Stop Steel Rusting

New Alloy Coating Builds an Inner Shield to Stop Steel Rusting

Brief  As useful as steel is, its main weakness may be its vulnerability to corrosion. Researchers in Korea have now developed a new alloy coating that boosts steel’s resistance to rust, by adding a simple extra step in the surface treatment.   Insight As useful...

Mich. Bolsters Bridges with Carbon Fiber

Mich. Bolsters Bridges with Carbon Fiber

Brief  Michigan is pushing ahead with field projects to reinforce concrete in state bridges using carbon fiber-reinforced polymers. "The aim is bridges that last a century with minimal maintenance," says state Transportation Director Paul Ajegba.   Insight The...

TOP 10 Sustainable Cabin Designs of 2021

TOP 10 Sustainable Cabin Designs of 2021

Brief We all enjoy a peaceful cabin retreat every now and then, and if we can do it in a sustainable style, then why not?! And, we’ve curated some of our favorite sustainable cabin designs that not only take care of Mother Earth but also take our breath away!   ...

Assembling a Concrete-Free Slab

Assembling a Concrete-Free Slab

Brief  As the costs of concrete and excavation have increased steadily in the Pacific Northwest, where my company designs and builds, local builders are more frequently turning to slab-on-grade foundations. These assemblies require less concrete and labor than full...

A New Plan to Fix Millennium Tower’s Sinking and Tilting

A New Plan to Fix Millennium Tower’s Sinking and Tilting

Brief  Engineers are proposing a new fix for the sinking, tilting Millennium Tower that they hope will avoid exacerbating the building’s settlement like during prior efforts.   Insight The plan calls for installing 18 piles to relieve weight from the foundation,...

Architects Design Building With Oversized Undulating Slabs

Architects Design Building With Oversized Undulating Slabs

Brief  The new 10-story residential tower, Norfolk, by Koichi Takada Architects is a perfect example of biomimcry in architecture. Inspired by the Norfolk Pines near its site of Burleigh Heads on the Australian coast, this structure mimics the organizational logic of...

Top 10 Architectural oddities of 2021

Top 10 Architectural oddities of 2021

Brief  From a house with its own skate ramp to a swimming pool in the sky, some pretty wild architecture popped up in 2021. Here's our pick of this year's top architectural oddities. Read more.   Insight From a house with its own skate ramp to a swimming pool in...

10 Home Design Trends That Are Leaving in 2022

10 Home Design Trends That Are Leaving in 2022

Brief  A new year is always time for a fresh start — and yes, that’s most definitely the case when it comes to home design trends. For better or for worse, not every look that reigned supreme in 2021 will carry over to 2022. Of course, none of this is to say that any...

Building An  Incredible Tower with Giant Crack on its Façade in Denver!

Building An Incredible Tower with Giant Crack on its Façade in Denver!

Brief  One River North’, in Denver's River North Art District, was designed by the Chinese firm Mad Architects. The firm describes the spectacular crack that slices through 10 storeys of the building as a ‘landscaped rift’. The project also features 187 residential...

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