Evolution of building material

During the ancient time, most of the building materials were fundamental that we could find in nature such as wood and stone. After the industrial revolution material called steel and concrete were used massively and we thought it was a revolution of architecture. Though it resulted of the earth damage, this developing technology now human has can able to make sustainable or regenerating energy materials. Most of the building we see around is made of brick, concrete, wood, steel or glass; we don’t call this revolution anymore. At this point, innovative building material is required to develop architecture.

When our team considered the final material, we focused on its sustainability, innovative-ness, economic, practical and representing its building purpose (physics and nanotechnology). There were many candidates for the final material such as solar panel, aluminum and plastic. Among the three materials, we chose plastic material due to it meets all the requirements we proposed. Polli Brick is honey-cube shaped material that can be adhere with silicone. It is the world’s lightest material recycled 100% from the plastic bottles, water and fire proofed and they are very cheap. Favorite part of Polli Brick is that it can represent form of molecules with colors. Polli Brick can stand the earthquake or hurricanes if one is worried about its solidness.

Most of the building material in the campus is brick or fundamental materials. I am not saying fundamental material is bad but it felt like the University of Minnesota seems like to use only bricks because of its building environment. That is why sometimes people choose WAM or STSS building as their favorite building in the campus. Preserving the culture is very significant and we cannot ignore that. However, we thought it’s better if we develop something with preserving the culture.

After all, Polli Brick can meet these needs that can be suited with UofM’s new building.


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