Ancient Romans invented concrete and glass windows; Ditherington Flax Mill was the first iron frame building. The Home Insurance Building used steel reinforcements. In 1903, reinforced concrete debuted. Ann Lambrechts invented steel fiber concrete in 2000 and Hank Jonker created self-healing concrete in 2015.
Materials Scientist Julia Greer develops nanoscale materials; she uses a scanning electron microscope to image and carve various substances. She describes resistant properties of dimensionally reduced matter and nearly limitless applications.
Prof. Matthias Kohler uses robots to assemble architectural components. Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger create algorithms to plot complex configurations; three dimensional printers fabricate ornate embellishments. The experts hope to fuse computational design technologies with robotic construction.
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We explore how technology is changing the way we design and construct the world around us. We explore how robots and artificial intelligence are ushering in a new era of computational architecture at ETH Zurich, where shapes, forms and buildings are conceived and created by machines. We then meet the CalTech professor of material science who is re-imagining architecture…at the nanoscale. Julia Greer has been designing new approaches to creating structures and lattices at a scale that almost boggles the mind—a structure smaller than the diameter of a human hair that is 99 percent air, yet at the macro-scale, is stronger than steel.
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Copyright date: ©2016
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