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.