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Seaweed, Salt, Potatoes, & More: Seven Unusual Materials with Architectural Applications

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Seaweed, Salt, Potatoes, & More: Seven Unusual Materials with Architectural Applications, The “Saltygloo” project is an igloo made of printed translucent modular salt panels. Image © Matthew Millman
The “Saltygloo” project is an igloo made of printed translucent modular salt panels. Image © Matthew Millman

The following article is presented by ArchDaily Materials. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine, Lara Kristin Herndon and Derrick Mead explore seven innovative architectural materials and the designers behind them. Some materials are byproducts, some will help buildings breathe and one is making the leap from 3D printing to 4D printing.

When Arthur C. Clarke said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, he was speaking from the spectator’s point of view, not the magician’s. As our list of smart materials shows, technology solves difficult problems, but getting there requires more than just a wave of the magic wand. Each of the following projects looks past easy answers. Whether it’s a new way of looking at old problems, a new material that maximizes the efficiency of an old technique, or a new method to tap the potential of an abundant or underutilized resource, here are seven innovators who take technology out of the realm of science fiction.