The Future of Concrete

For the last post of the semester, I am going to focus on my research topic of concrete architecture. During the first lecture of the semester, we were informed that concrete is the most widely used material in architecture and building construction, so there is really no way to avoid using this material. Some architects love the aesthetic qualities of concrete in their designs and others hate it. However, concrete is used in almost every building as a structural element. Recently, concrete has been advanced in a way that produces ultra-performance concretes, the technology that made the construction of the Burj Khalfia possible, one of my precedents. 


Even though innovations like ultra-performance concretes can be excellent for structural problems, concrete still poses many flaws as a material.  When being processed, concrete produces immense amounts of carbondioxide emissions that is released into the atmosphere, further harming our environment. Concrete is also very vulnerable to cracking over time. In my paper I will not only be researching precedents and benefits of the material, but also how concrete can be updated and pushed forward to become a more sustainable, yet effective material.

In order to make the material more environmentally friendly, the chemical make-up of concrete must be altered or replaced. Techniques, such as flyash, can be added to the mixture to reduce and eliminate carbon dioxide emissions. Lastly, I am going to look into fracture proof concrete and bendable concrete. Concrete may have been the material of the 20th century, but I will be exploring how it can make a more positive impact in the 21st century and beyond.


One comment

  1. fauds004

    The Burj Khalifa, my second blog post, and one of my favorite buildings due to it’s outstanding height performance and aesthetic qualities that it brings to Dubai. I like the idea behind your paper, arguing both sides of concrete pros/cons and ways to improve the material and make it more environmentally friendly. When you think of any new technology, the first thing that you think of, well that I think of at least, is what if. What if it doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, what if there’s some kind of malfunction etc., but so far with this material it’s doing what it’s supposed to do considering the Burj Khalifa is still standing. One thing that I did find out myself while researching HPC, is that it tries to increase the life-span of the building that it’s being used for, but we’ll probably never live to see it begin to deteriorate, which is a good thing. Also, I think that adding flyash to the mixture should become a permanent thing considering how much concrete is used and that’s in probably about 90% of buildings in the U.S., that figure may be exaggerated, but only to get my point across. If the addition of flyash can decrease and/or eliminate the carbon dioxide emissions that are put into environment, so why not make it a permanent factor in creating cement.

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