Author Archives: zyllo002

Re: Design for Disasters

The blog post “Design for Disasters” points out that earthquakes constitute perhaps the greatest challenge for architects. It also suggests that an advanced concrete technology like flexible concrete might provide part of the solution. It is a sad fact that

Re: Design for Disasters

The blog post “Design for Disasters” points out that earthquakes constitute perhaps the greatest challenge for architects. It also suggests that an advanced concrete technology like flexible concrete might provide part of the solution. It is a sad fact that

RE: Material Use In Other Countries

The blog post “Material Use In Other Countries” raises some very interesting points about how residential construction in the United States differs from that in other countries. The writer observes that most residential construction here uses wood, but that wood

RE: Material Use In Other Countries

The blog post “Material Use In Other Countries” raises some very interesting points about how residential construction in the United States differs from that in other countries. The writer observes that most residential construction here uses wood, but that wood

Aegis Walls?

The Aegis Pollution-Sensing Parka is a garment that warns its wearer that pollution is present which could be harmful. It uses sensors to check for the presence of several different pollutants and then illuminates light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to alert the

Aegis Walls?

The Aegis Pollution-Sensing Parka is a garment that warns its wearer that pollution is present which could be harmful. It uses sensors to check for the presence of several different pollutants and then illuminates light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to alert the

Re: Energy on the Go

The blog entry “Energy on the Go” makes some very good points about the power used by consumer devices like cell phones, and how frustrating it is to have them run out of power. That poster’s conclusion that piezoelectric power

Re: Energy on the Go

The blog entry “Energy on the Go” makes some very good points about the power used by consumer devices like cell phones, and how frustrating it is to have them run out of power. That poster’s conclusion that piezoelectric power

A Spider on the Design Team?

Because the natural world around us has been evolving for literally hundreds of millions of years, it has developed some remarkable innovations for coping with the everyday problems of simply existing. The biological world is no exception. Living things, be

A Spider on the Design Team?

Because the natural world around us has been evolving for literally hundreds of millions of years, it has developed some remarkable innovations for coping with the everyday problems of simply existing. The biological world is no exception. Living things, be

New Plastic Solar Panels

Solar panels, devices that convert light to electricity, have been around for a long time and many people have worked on using them to produce useful amounts of electrical power for various applications, including running the lights and/or heating in

New Plastic Solar Panels

Solar panels, devices that convert light to electricity, have been around for a long time and many people have worked on using them to produce useful amounts of electrical power for various applications, including running the lights and/or heating in

Self-Healing Concrete

Concrete is the most commonly-used building material in the world, but it has a significant problem. It tends to develop cracks and if the cracks become large enough, the steel rods used to reinforce the concrete can corrode, weakening the

Self-Healing Concrete

Concrete is the most commonly-used building material in the world, but it has a significant problem. It tends to develop cracks and if the cracks become large enough, the steel rods used to reinforce the concrete can corrode, weakening the